Home Ice Advantage: Bruins/Blackhawks Game Four

The Boston Bruins didn’t just win on Monday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, they shut them out. Tuukka Rask was clutch in net and everyone on the team worked hard to keep a 2 to nothing lead. Now the Bruins lead the Blackhawks two games to one and tonight they look to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup.

YIPPEE PAILLE! (Credit: Slidingsideways/ Flickr)

To the B’s advantage they’ll be playing Game Four at home in the TD Garden. So far in postseason playing, the B’ have only lost twice at home and both times were in the Eastern Conference Quaterfinals. Tonight they’ll look to make it 2-0 at home against the Blackhawks and then ideally make Saturday in Chicago the clinching game. The Bruins take it one game at a time so although Lord Stanley’s cup is in the back of their minds, they’re focused on getting through Game Four.

Faceoff Factor:
Monday’s game the Bruins won 40 of 56 draws in the faceoff circle largely in part to Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron won 24 of 28 of his faceoff matchups and contributed a power play goal to the shutout victory. A big part of the Bruins dominance stems from the faceoff circle. If the B’s can maintain their cool and continue to win the draws then it’ll lessen Chicago’s chances of having the puck anywhere near Rask.

Power Play Less Blackhawks:
Chicago is now 0-11 in power play opportunities, five of which that came from Game Three. Sure the Bruins impressive penalty kill has something to do with it, but the bigger issue is the fact that the Blackhawks can’t seem to make it to the offensive zone when having the extra man. With over 8 minutes with the extra man in Game Three, Chicago only managed four shots against Rask. If the Blackhawks want a chance to reclaim the lead in this series, they’re going to have to figure out whats wrong with their power play.

Who’s Hot:
In two games, Daniel Paille has scored two goals. Both of those just happen to be game winners. Needless to say Claude Julien won’t be switching up the Paille, Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly line anytime soon. Also Rask for the B’s hasn’t allowed a goal since Game Two first period from Patrick Sharp.

Puck drops tonight at 8 and you can check out all the action on NBC! That’s right the Bruins have made primetime hockey!

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