Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins Game 5 Odds Pick Prediction Playoff Preview 6-22-2013

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The scene moves back to Chicago in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Finals best of seven playoff series between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

This critical Game 5 will begin from Chicago at 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC TV.

The NHL game five betting odds have the home team Chicago Blackhawks favored by -150 odds with the return on the road underdog Boston Bruins at +130 odds. The goal over under line is set at five goals.

The Chicago Blackhawks have evened this best of seven series at 2-2 following a game four 6-5 road overtime victory against the Boston Bruins as a +120 underdog. The game flew over the total of 5 goals.

The Blackhawks squandered a 3-1 lead they built midway through the second period as the Bruins rallied to tie the score at 4-4 at 2:05 of the third period. Chicago scored on the power play at 11:19 as Patrick Sharp found the net to give the Blackhawks the one goal lead. Boston responded over a minute later as Johnny Boychuk scores at even strength at 12:14 that tied the game at 5-5 going into the overtime period. At 9:51 in overtime Brent Seabrook beats Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask at even strength that allows the Blackhawks to even this series at 2-2.

Both of Chicago’s wins in this series have come in overtime. The Blackhawks outshot the Bruins in game four by a 47-33 margin with the Bruins winning one more face-off. Chicago finally scores on the power play as they go 1 of 4 in game four and the Bruins convert twice in five man advantages. Chicago was 0 of 23 in their past 23 power play opportunities until Patrick Sharp’s third period goal. Game six of this series will be necessary and will be played Monday night in Boston. If a game seven is necessary the teams will play at Chicago on Wednesday night.