The biggest stage in hockey is set and the sports betting world be tuned in on May 31st when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game one of the Stanley Cup betting finals. It’s a long and winding road to get here and we’ve witnessed hours of mind-blowing hockey betting action but this is what it all boils down to: a seven game hockey betting series to decide who the kings of the NHL betting action will be.
The Hawks (52-22-8) not only have home ice advantage in this hockey betting series by virtue of their better record but this team is also favored in the hockey odds as well. Most online betting sites list Chicago slightly ahead of Philly at 2/5 and 3/1 odds, respectively. On paper, Philly (41-35-6) can’t hold a candle to the Hawks and the Flyers actually had to win a shoot out against the Rangers on the final day of the NHL betting regular season just to qualify for the NHL playoff betting action.
But in the NHL post season this team has lived a charmed life and is now just four victories away from hoisting the Stanley Cup betting trophy. It’s amazing defeat of the # New Jersey Devils, followed up by its miraculous come from behind win against the Boston Bruins and its creaming of the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals have given this team credibility in the eyes of the NHL odds makers and Game One should be a dog fight.
Expect the Hawks to come out attacking early and force the issue in the first game of the Stanley Cup betting action. Led by captain Jonathon Towes, the leading scorer in the NHL playoff betting action so far with 26 points in 16 games (7 goals, 19 assists) and winger Patrick Kane, the third leading scorer in the NHL playoff betting action with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) the Hawks have a huge advantage against the Flyers defense.
At home, in front of a rabid Chicago crowd, look for the Blackhawks to put backup goalie Michael Leighton to the test early and often and win this hockey betting matchup.