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Bolts Game 1 Favorites Against Hawks

Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the home betting favorites on the NHL moneyline at the online sportsbooks for Wednesday night as they open up the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning and Blackhawks met twice during the regular season, with Chicago winning 3-2 at home and Tampa Bay winning 4-0 at home. Both of those NHL matchups turned out to be UNDER results for totals bettors at the sportsbooks.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -110 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

A 3.1-2.9 result in favor of the Lightning is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Lightning sit at 62-32-8 on the season; in comparison, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently 60-32-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 52-47-3 OU, and Chicago is 37-46-16 OU. Stay Informed: Follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Chicago Blackhawks sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.11 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.41 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 19.49% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 81.92% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Ducks on May 30. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at +116 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 2-0 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Tampa Bay at +145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Tampa Bay, Saturday, June 6th

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