Chicago Blackhawks Betting
After winning the Stanley Cup last year, the Chicago Blackhawks return to the playoffs with virtually the same roster intact. With question marks surrounding the health of superstar players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Hawks are an interesting team to say the least. On the other hand, bettors love the Blackhawks – as is the case with most winning teams.
But when you have won two Stanley Cups in the past three years, people are reluctant to bet against them. Without further ado, let’s analyze the value in betting on the Blackhawks for the 2014 NHL Playoffs. Armed with the fourth highest odds to win the Stanley Cup and second highest to wins the West, the Blackhawks do not present a ton of value to future bettors.
When you consider the West is loaded with elite competition like Los Angeles, San Jose, St. Louis, Anaheim and Colorado, it’s difficult for bettors to lay anything on Chicago at the numbers they are currently these numbers, there is minimal value here when you consider that the Hawks will be a short favorite in every series they play .
Why lay short plus money value on a futures bet, when you can play the Hawks at plus money on the road or to win in regulation on an nightly basis? Be patient with Chicago and wait for the future odds to be re-adjusted after round one. The Blackhawks will be very familiar with their first round opponent – the St.
Louis Blues. These divisional rivals match up very well against one another, splitting their last games. Beyond the deadlock in straight-up victories, home and away splits are even tied. Needless to say, these two opponents matchup extremely well against one another. With no real edge either way from a trends or analysis standpoint, I’d have to pass value here and just play the games individually.
A nice prop to bet on could be taking games to go to over time in this series. With two teams as evenly matched as these two, I would expect every game to be very close and have the potential to go to overtime every night. Value or higher, usually even higher, the value is great to bet.
Another team prop to consider is the Hawks team total going over at home. They will most likely be set on a nightly basis. The Hawks have scored 3 or more goals at home in 4 of their last 5 games against the Blues, and have scored 3 or more against the Blues in 6 of their last 10 meetings and in 3 of their last 5 meetings this year.
Granted, most of those were without Ryan Miller in net for the Blues, but at home the Hawks have been one of the higher scoring teams in the league. From a player prop perspective, forward Kris Vestee could present nice value in daily leagues and “to register a point” props on offshore books. Vestee has performed well in the playoffs over his career and he will more than likely see power play time on a potent Hawks attack.