Stanley Cup Final Odds Favor Chicago
Chicago has been the most consistent team all year, while Boston is riding the hottest streak in the playoffs.
The oddsmakers have considered all of this and made the Blackhawks the series favorite in Stanley Cup betting odds at most sportsbooks.
Bet365 has the Blackhawks at -140 to win the Cup, with Boston a short underdog at +120. Odds for Game 1 are similar, with Chicago priced at -145 and the Bruins at +125.
Wednesday’s Game 1 goes in Chicago, where the Hawks are riding a 14-2 run. The Bruins have won five of seven road games, but struggled during the season away from home (8-11 past 19 road games).
Interestingly, the Bruins are 4-0 in the playoffs as an underdog. Chicago has won six in a row as a moneyline favorite.
These teams did not play each other during the lockout-shortened season and they have only played eight times since 2004. Boston is 6-2 in those games.
A Boston sweep would pay +1600 for bettors who think they can do to Chicago what they just did to the Pittsburgh Penguins. A Chicago sweep is at shorter odds at +1000.
How likely is a Bruins sweep? The Blackhawks lost three in a row to Detroit in these playoffs but have not lost four in a row since an injury-fuelled 9-game losing skid in January-February of 2012.
A Bruins win in five games is the next biggest payout at +800, while a 4-1 Blackhawks win or a six-game series are each +450. The Bruins in seven games pays +550 while the top betting choice according to Bet365 is a seven-game victory for Chicago at +400.
Both goalies have been sensational, but Bruin Tuukka Rask was unbelievable against Pittsburgh, allowing two goals in four games. He has only faced Chicago once, and lost Jan. 7, 2010.
Corey Crawford stoned the Kings, but struggled at times. He has faced the Bruins twice in his career and lost both times.