The Chicago Blackhawks (6-7-3) travel to take on the Boston Bruins (15-2-0), who will be out to prolong their winning streak, at TD Garden on Saturday. Chicago is coming off a 5-2 loss against the Blues on Wednesday. The Blackhawks committed only two penalties in the game, holding St. Louis without a power play goal.
Andreas Athanasiou was the only player to find the net, scoring twice for the Blackhawks. Arvid Soderblom only had 30 saves on 35 shots against (.857%) in the loss. Boston won for the fifth game in a row, beating the Flyers 4-1 on Thursday. David Krejci was the leading goal scorer for the Bruins, netting twice. Linus Ullmark was impressive in the win, making 22 saves (.956%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Bruins won both games between the teams last season, including a 2-1 (OT) victory in their final meeting in March, their third straight win against Chicago. Taylor Hall led Boston with two points (0G 2A). Brandon Hagel scored Chicago’s only goal. Ullmark got the win, saving 19 of 20 shots (.950%).
Chicago is averaging just 2.50 goals per game for the season, 31st in the NHL. The visitors will face a tough challenge against a Bruins team that is allowing only 2.12 goals a game (1st).
Meanwhile, Boston has found the net 4.00 times a game on average, first in the league, and the Blackhawks are allowing opponents to score 3.12 goals per game (15th).
Chicago averages fewer shots per game (25.9) than any other team in the league. Boston has proven up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 1 with a team save percentage of .929%.
The Bruins’ 26.98% power play percentage ranks sixth in the league, while the Blackhawks are 13th with a conversion rate of 22.00%. Boston has been stronger at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 90.62%. Chicago ranks 23rd at 76.67%.
With 13 points this season, Patrick Kane is the top skater for the Blackhawks. He has two goals and 11 assists in 16 games. In the net, Alex Stalock (3-2-1) is Chicago’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.93 GAA and a .914% save percentage. David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in scoring with 26 points (5th in the league). He has nine goals and 17 assists (6th) in 17 games. Ullmark (11-1-0) has the best goals against average for Boston at 1.96, best in the league. He has a save percentage of .936%, also best.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is 2-3-2 away from home this season. Boston has yet to lose at TD Garden this season in 10 games.
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Boston Bruins -2.5 (+115)
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