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Chicago can end a pair of long and painful streaks with a win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, although they are not favored to do so. The Blackhawks last won in Philly back in 1996 and they last won the Cup with Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull leading the way in 1961.

But oddsmakers at Bovada have them as +110 underdogs in Game 6, with the Flyers favored at -130. There are many reasons why Philly can and will force a Game 7, according to the {URL=https://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Hockey/NHL/23928} Game 6 matchup report. {/URL}


They are 9-1 at home in the playoffs and Michael Leighton, expected to be back in net after getting pulled in Game 5, is 6-0 at home. They have won 10 in a row at home against Chicago and have been resilient after losses. The defense was bad in Game 5 and Chris Pronger was minus 5. Most expect a dynamite game from the Flyers and the extra day off between games should help wounded Flyers like Jeff Carter, recovering from broken bones in both feet and not looking like himself on the ice.

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Where many bettors have been cashing in is not the moneyline or puck line – the total has been reliable OVER bets with four of five games exceeding the total. Neither goalie has played well of late and OVER 5.5 at Bovada could be the best bet on the board again. At Sportsbook.ag, more than 90% of NHL total bettors were on the OVER as of Wednesday.

Chicago has played 5 OVERs in their past 6 road games as well and they will playing aggressively early to try to put the crowd to sleep and put the series away. Philly will be doing the same, which sets up plenty of scoring chances early. Chicago bettors liked the way line changes in Game 5 resulted in more attack and scoring opportunities.

The dump-in put pressure on Philly’s defense and gave the Blackhawk forwards a chance to get speed into the zone. And Marian Hossa appears hell-bent on getting his hands on the Stanley Cup after playing on the losing team in two straight seasons.