The Anaheim Ducks are set to take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on the NBC. Currently the betting odds for the game have the Blackhawks favored to pick up another win in this one.
Hard to believe a team like Chicago can be in a "must-win" mode this early in a series. That's a good way to describe what has to happen tonight, though, as the Blackhawks certainly don't want to fly back to Anaheim down 3-1 in the series. The Ducks could easily be up 3-0 with a chance at a sweep tonight had they won the marathon three-overtime battle in Game 2, but they certainly have to be pleased with their current situation as well.
At worst, the Ducks head back to Anaheim with the series tied 2-2. Best case scenario is a 3-1 advantage.
Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen has been lights-out this series. He's allowed just five goals in the three games while saving better than 96 percent of the shots he has faced. Against a team like Chicago, that's certainly saying something. The Blackhawks will continue to put pressure out in front of Andersen and find a way to get an ugly one or two.
It seems like Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have to get on the board early in this as well. Playing level with the Ducks might not do them much good, but getting a couple early and holding a lead might be a good start. Corey Crawford has also been solid in net for Chicago, except for stages of Game 1. Tonight Crawford has to be huge for Chicago.
Look for the Blackhawks to get one or two early and really grind on Anaheim, putting pressure on the Ducks. Chicago might not be looking at this game as a must-win scenario, but we'll know early on based on their level of play.
Free Pick: Blackhawks
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