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Bruins vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Preview: Be the hammer, not the nail

Harry How

Just the Facts

Game Time: 8:00 PM, TD Garden, Boston, MA. TV Broadcast: NBC, CBC, RDS. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Record: Boston 2, Chicago 1

The Other Side's SB Nation Site: Second City Hockey

Get Tickets here: Boston Bruins Tickets

Blackhawks projected lines

Sharp - Bolland - Hossa
Saad - Handzus - Kane
Bickell - Bollig - Shaw
Kruger - Toews - Frolik

Keith - Seabrook
Oduya - Hjalmarsson
Leddy - Roszival


Bruins projected lines:

Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Marchand - Bergeron - Jagr
Paille - Kelly - Seguin
Daugavins - Peverley - Thornton

Chara - Seidenberg
Ference - Boychuk
Krug - McQuaid



Will Marian Hossa play, or will he be a no-show again? It's uncertain, though the Blackhawks seem to have indicated that he'll go tonight. What IS for certain is that the Bruins lines crafted last game will stick -- Tyler Seguin will remain with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille. Just as well, considering the offense they generated on Monday night.

This is a first time thing, this leading a Stanley Cup Finals thing -- in 2011, the Bruins didn't lead until they won. Can they retain that lead, bury the dagger in Chicago and take it back to the United Center up 3-1?

Also, this happened:

If the Bruins can keep doing what they did in game three -- exploit Corey Crawford's glove side, keep the play out of their own end for long amounts of time, and get the matchups they want, things will probably go their way.

Only nine hours to puck drop....