It is a matchup of two teams with rich histories and it is also a matchup of contrasts. Those making a hockey bet will have to decide if they want to go with the experience of Philadelphia or the youth and depth of Chicago.
Hockey betting odds favor Chicago by more than 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a 7-game series so that is something to keep in mind. The first two games will be in Chicago and the Blackhawks are solid home favorites.
Before the first game even starts you can make what is called a series bet. There is an option to bet on which team you think will win the entire series. The series bet keeps you in action for the price of just one wager. You can bet on either Philadelphia or Chicago and then sit back and watch the entire series without making another wager. You could still be the individual games though even if you made a hockey bet on the series price.
Often times in the playoffs you can throw out what happened in the regular season when you handicap the games. The Flyers and Blackhawks only met once this season anyway so there is not much to go on. Teams are much more focused in the playoffs and travel is really a non-factor since both teams travel on the same schedule.
The next option for you to consider when you bet the games is the must-win game. Teams that are coming off a loss in the Stanley Cup playoffs can sometimes be a great bet in their next game. A team coming off a loss is more likely to play harder the next time out. This can be a good wager if the better team loses the game. Let’s say that Chicago loses the opener against the Flyers. You would probably want to come back and take the Blackhawks in Game 2.
Whatever strategies and theories you apply during the Stanley Cup Final, you still need to have a good bankroll, you still need to handicap the games, and you still need to be smart with your money.