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|Line ||Blackhawks ||Bruins ||- ||Line ||Blackhawks ||Bruins
|1 LW ||Bryan Bickell ||Milan Lucic ||- ||1 RW ||Patrick Kane ||Nathan Horton
|2 LW ||Patrick Sharp ||Brad Marchand ||- ||2 RW ||Marian Hossa ||Jaromir Jagr
|3 LW ||Brandon Saad ||Kaspars Daugavins ||- ||3 RW ||Viktor Stalberg ||Tyler Seguin
|4 LW ||Marcus Kruger ||Daniel Paille ||- ||4 RW ||Michael Frolik ||Shawn Thornton
There's a lot of talent on the wings between these two teams, including many players who elevate their games with clutch performances in the playoffs.
When Hossa tallies a point, the Blackhawks are 9-1 in the playoffs, and the team has a 6-0 record in games that he scores a goal. Marchand has scored or assisted on five game-winning goals in the Bruins' playoff run, including the primary assists on the winning goals in the last two games of the conference final.
Chicago centers have not been producing offensively on a consistent basis in the postseason, which means that the team will need its wingers to maintain their current scoring production in the Cup final. Kane, Hossa and Sharp are tied for the team lead in scoring (14 points), with Bickell right behind them with 13 points.
The Bruins will need to be physical with these players and take away their time and space in the attacking zone, especially Kane, who is one of the NHL's top playmakers and has four goals in his last two games. His speed and scoring ability makes him one of the most difficult players to defend.
Bickell has been the surprise star of the playoffs with eight goals in 17 games, one less than his regular season total of nine in 48 games. He does a great job of creating a net-front presence at the top of the opposing goaltender's crease and winning puck battles in the dirty areas. Getting traffic in front of Rask will be a key part of the Blackhawks' game plan, and Bickell and Hossa will both fulfill this role.
Chicago will also need to combat the physicality of the Boston wingers because the Bruins have a size and strength advantage over the Blackhawks at this position.
Lucic and Horton are premier power forwards with good offensive skill, and even though Marchand lacks size, he still makes his presence felt in all three zones as an agitator and a clutch scorer.
Bottom-six scoring will also be important in this series since the top-six forwards are so evenly matched. Boston has received 27 points from its third and fourth lines in the playoffs, while Chicago has gotten 24.
The Bruins will be hoping Seguin breaks out of his slump after scoring just one goal with three assists through 16 games. He's their most skilled forward and brings fantastic speed to the lineup, but he has made a very small impact offensively in the postseason.
Paille and Thornton have given the Bruins a combined two goals and seven assists as fourth-line wingers, and Boston will need this impressive scoring depth in the Cup final against a four-line Blackhawks squad.
Chicago also needs Saad, a Calder Trophy finalist, to start contributing offensively. The rookie forward has zero goals, four assists and a minus-four rating in 17 playoff games after playing a key role on the team's first line for much of the regular season.
Sharp will also play a key role in Chicago's offense. He is tied for the team lead with eight goals scored and the Blackhawks are 6-0 in games when Sharp finds the back of the net.