Philadelphia at Chicago Betting
After burning out the red light in Game 1 can the Flyers and Blackhawks continue to score at such a torrid pace tonight when they clash in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final?
The Blackhawks edged the Flyers 6-5 in Game 1 as both teams had no trouble finding the back of the net. Tomas Kopecky netted the game-winner in the third period after only getting into the game due to an injury to Andrew Ladd. Troy Brouwer had a three-point night for Chicago with two goals and an assist, while Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg each recorded a goal and an assist.
The Blackhawks may have potted six goals in the series opener, but somehow big guns Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were both kept off the scoresheet. Toews, the playoff scoring leader, had a 13-game point streak snapped and it was only the third time this postseason that he was held pointless.
Antti Niemi made 27 saves for Chicago and Blackhawks coach Joe Quenneville stuck with him all night despite his struggles early on.
It was a different story for Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Leighton was a wall against Montreal, but that wall crumbled against Chicago and he was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 20 shots. Brian Boucher, who hadn't seen the ice since May 10 due to a knee injury, replaced Leighton and made 11 saves while allowing Kopecky to scored the game-winner.
Philly has announced that Leighton will get the start in Game 2 and get a chance to make up for his Game 1 performance. The Flyers had a chance to win Game 1, as they held the lead three different times but failed to hold it. Danny Briere had four points in the loss with a goal and three assists, and Scott Hartnell posted a goal and two assists.
Philly scored the only power-play goal in the game, but the power-play unit also made a huge gaffe when Chicago's Bolland scored shorthanded on a breakaway.
The Blackhawks won Game 2 as a -200 favorite and they enter Game 2 as a -200 favorite at Bovada once again. The Flyers are a +170 road underdog, and after the Game 1 goal-fest the total was set at 6, up from 5.5 in Game 1.
The series odds changed after Chicago's victory in the opener. The Hawks were a -260 series favorite before Game 1, but after the win they've improved to a -450 favorite. The Flyers have stumbled on the series odds, dropping from +200 to +350.