1. Weather a Boston Blitz to start this game: The Boston Bruins have won six consecutive home games, dating back to their Game 7 scare against the Toronto Maple Leafs in which they trailed 4-1 with less than 12 minutes to play. They haven’t looked back since. You think the Bruins are mean and tough on the road? They’re meaner and tougher and play a lot bigger at home. You think Milan Lucic was a factor with 10 hits after two periods? Multiply that by two when he plays at the TD Garden. When Boston was down 2 games to 0 in 2011 to the Vancouver Canucks, they put on a physical display that literally crushed the Canucks in Boston, and the Bruins won the game (and basically the series) 8-1.
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2. Limit Your Turnovers: The Chicago Blackhawks have served up more turnovers than the Pillsbury Doughboy over the last two games. Thirty-four giveaways were counted up by league statisticians and assessed to the Hawks. That has got to improve, especially on the back end where defensemen were responsible for half of those giveaways. Boston thrives on turnovers and it feeds their eagerness on the fore-check. Manage the puck in your end, and you’ll help manage the game overall.
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3. Bodies to the net on Rask: Look at the goals the Blackhawks have scored on Tuukka Rask over nine periods of hockey. Aside from Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland blasts, the Hawks have had bodies to the net when they have scored goals. Traffic and confusion are the keys to success against the Finnish netminder. Bryan Bickell, Marian Hossa, Viktor Stalberg, Saad, and Michal Handzus are all big bodies capable of providing chaos and confusion in front of the Bruins net. Get there and stay there.