Win the special teams battle: For the second time this postseason, the Bruins will face a team with a statistically worse power play — the New York Rangers were the other. After 16 games, the Bruins have a 15.6 percent success rate on the power play while the Blackhawks enter the Stanley Cup Finals converting 13.7 percent of their man-advantages.
On the other side of the coin, the Blackhawks are the NHL’s best in playoff penalty kill and have killed 28 of 30 penalties, a 94.8 penalty-kill percentage. The Bruins have killed 26 of 30 penalties for an 86.5 penalty kill percentage.
Power play goals will surely be hard to come by. In a series that is likely to feature many close games, a power play tally could be the difference.
The Bruins will need to continue to be solid on the penalty kill and find ways to light the lamp on the man advantage in order to make it four straight series victories.