Blackhawks vs Ducks Game 4: NHL Betting PreviewTime: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET Venue: United Center, Chicago National TV: NBC Opening line: Blackhawks -145, Ducks +131 (5 goals)
There were some who felt that the triple OT loss on home ice would have a negative effect on Anaheim, but if it did, they certainly were not showing it. They came out flying, and were very good value for their first period lead through a Patrick Maroon goal. They could easily have hit the panic button when Patrick Kane tied things up in the first, but an early second period goal from Simon Despres gave them a lead that they never relinquished. The Ducks essentially shut the door after they got the lead for the second time. It wasn’t so much a backs against the wall defensive effort as it was a controlled, stifling sort of defense that was designed to frustrate the Blackhawks, whilst opening the door for the counter attack. What the Ducks showed in Game 3 was that they can beat you a 100 different ways if they want to. Blackhawks fans were a little confused before the puck even dropped for Game 3, as they found out that Coach Joel Quenneville had dropped Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen from the lineup. Both were listed as healthy scratches, so it’s not as if minor injuries were the problem. Sure, all of these guys had played the equivalent of almost 2 full games just a couple of nights before, but everyone is playing hurt and tired at this time of the season. This is not to say that the omission of these two guys was the sole reason for the outcome, but there is something to be said for rolling out the same guys that got you were you are now.
WATCH: Patrick Kane scores late in the first with no-look, spinning backhand to tie Game 3 at 1-1 http://t.co/6ahY4pTuvV— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 22, 2015