Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the home betting favorites on the NHL moneyline at the online sportsbooks for Wednesday night as they open up the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning and Blackhawks met twice during the regular season, with Chicago winning 3-2 at home and Tampa Bay winning 4-0 at home. Both of those NHL matchups turned out to be UNDER results for totals bettors at the sportsbooks.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as Bodog had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -110 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.
A 3.1-2.9 result in favor of the Lightning is the prediction by the Odds – VSB handicapping pick engine.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Lightning sit at 62-32-8 on the season; in comparison, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently 60-32-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 52-47-3 OU, and Chicago is 37-46-16 OU. Stay Informed: Follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds – VSB
, while the Chicago Blackhawks sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.
The game also pits Tampa Bay’s No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.11 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.41 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 19.49% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 81.92% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Chicago won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Ducks on May 30. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at +116 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 2-0 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Tampa Bay at +145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy.
- Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago’s last 9 games on the road
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
- Tampa Bay is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago at Tampa Bay, Saturday, June 6th