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Stanley Cup Game 5 Odds

The Flyers have momentum, but the Blackhawks have the backing of a majority of bettors and a huge -190 moneyline status in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. With the series tied 2-2 the Stanley Cup final returns to Chicago tonight where the Blackhawks hope that home-ice advantage will help them get back on track.

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Home ice has meant everything so far in the series. The Blackhawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 series lead after taking Games 1 and 2 at home, but the Flyers struck back in Philadelphia with victories in Games 3 and 4.

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The Flyers took control of Game 4 early on with a goal from Mike Richards just over four minutes into the contest. Matt Carle netted his first goal of the postseason 10 minutes later and Philly was soaring, up 2-0. The Blackhawks cut into the lead thanks to a goal from Patrick Sharp with two minutes to go in the period, but the Flyers weren't done yet and regained their two-goal cushion after Claude Giroux potted his tenth of the postseason.

After the wild first period things calmed down in the second as both teams were held scoreless. That was just a brief interlude, though, as things picked up again in the third. Ville Leino gave the Flyers a three-goal lead with his seventh of the postseason and Philadelphia was going to need it. Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell responded for the Blackhawks to cut the Flyers’ lead to one.

Chicago pulled Antti Niemi in the dying minutes to try and net the equalizer, but Jeff Carter streaked in all alone and iced it into the empty net, 5-3 Flyers. Despite the five goals not a single Flyers player scored more than one goal, and none had more than one point in the win. Michael Leighton had a solid game in net, stopping 31 of the 34 shots the Chicago fired at him.

Duncan Keith collected three assists for Chicago, but their big guns, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, remained silent. Kane had an assist, but Toews was kept off the board again and has zero goals and one assist in the series. It's also been a disappointing series for super pest Dustin Byfuglien - he has no goals and only one assist against the Flyers after scoring in every game against San Jose.

Joel Quenneville started shuffling his lines to try and wake up his big scorers in Game 4, so don't be surprised if he goes with some more new combinations tonight. With the series heading back to Chicago the Blackhawks are favored again in tonight's game.

The oddsmakers have pegged Chicago as a -190 favorite, while the Flyers are +165 underdogs. The Blackhawks were a -200 favorite when they won Game 1 and -190 chalk when they captured Game 2. Since the home team has won every game in the series so far the smart money tonight would likely be on the Blackhawks.

The Hawks are by no means a lock tonight, though. They won both Game 1 and 2 by only one goal, so it's not like they were blowing out the Flyers in the Windy City.

The pucks drops at 8 pm ET with coverage in the US on NBC and in Canada on CBC.