2013 Stanley Cup Picks
Tonight’s 2013 Stanley Cup picks start in game one between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a free NHL pick tonight complimentary of Pucking Hockey so be sure to take full advantage of this easy winner and we will see you again on Saturday as we look to start the Stanley Cup finals 2-0!
I have already predicted the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup in 7 games but let’s take a look at what each team needs to do in order to win game one.
Boston Bruins will win if….
They can calm the Chicago fans early into the game, and by doing that they will need to come out swinging and scoring the first goal of the game. But it doesn’t stop there, Boston will have to find a way to steal the first period and take any momentum away from Chicago for the rest of the game.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask will have to stay sharp in net as he’s been doing since the quarterfinals. And since the quarterfinals, Rask and the Bruins are 8-1 where they knocked off an easy Rangers and Penguins team.
Chicago Blackhawks will win if….
They can keep their composure and not allow the Bruins to get in their heads. They will have to deal a lot with Brad Marchand AKA “The Water-bug” while trying to keep Boston’s top two lines in check.
Like Boston, goaltender Corey Crawford will have to keep calm in net as this is his first Stanley Cup finals appearance. Emotions can run high, but he has shown us that he can keep calm, like he did in the semifinals where Crawford and the Hawks were down 3-1 in the series.
Game one prediction
This series is very well evenly matched but in game one I am going to back the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice. Jonathan Toews will lead his team to victory carrying any momentum he had in the conference finals, into tonight’s game. He’s a quiet guy in the locker room, but a big player on the ice where it counts.
The odds are a bit high for my liking so I am going to keep this pick small.
Chicago Blackhawks -153 (risking $153 to win $100)
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