After picking up the victory as road underdogs on the NHL moneyline in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night the Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to extend their series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning to 2-0 on Saturday.
The Lightning had been pegged as -123 home favorites at the online sportsbooks in Game 1 on Wednesday, but Chicago scored late to pick up a 2-1 victory in an UNDER result for bettors. The UNDER is now 4-1 in their last five meetings.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting Chicago Blackhawks opened as 120 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds – VSB
, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bodog.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction formulas pick a 3.2-3 win for the Lightning on Saturday.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
62-33-8 Tampa Bay battles the Blackhawks, currently with a 61-32-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 52-48-3 for the Lightning and 37-47-16 for the Blackhawks. Stay Informed: Follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 2 (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the No. 22 (Chicago Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
The game also pits Tampa Bay’s No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.09 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.4 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 19.38% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 82.06% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at +111 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
- Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
- Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games at home
- Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to Tampa Bay, Monday, June 8th