Chicago has been one of the best teams in NHL betting at home this season while the Leafs have struggled somewhat on the road.
Bet on hockey on Friday as the Leafs will be playing the first half of a back-to-back as after tonight’s game versus Chicago they are home tomorrow against Calgary. The Blackhawks are playing the third game of a four-game homestand. The Blackhawks have struggled somewhat against the Leafs. You wouldn’t think that would be the case since Chicago is a superior team but they are just 5-4-1 in the last 10 bet on hockey meetings against Toronto. Even though you would think these two teams would play a lot in bet on hockey action, they don’t. In the last six years they have met just five times. Last year the Blackhawks won 5-4 when the teams played at Toronto. The previous NHL betting season the Blackhawks won 6-4. They also won 3-1 in 2006 and 4-1 in 2004 for those that bet on hockey. Toronto won the previous four times in bet on hockey results. It is easy to see how things have shifted in terms of power in the NHL since Chicago has won recently while Toronto won earlier this decade.
Toronto has actually been a better team on the road than at home for those that bet on hockey. You have to qualify that statement somewhat though since Toronto still has a losing record on the road in NHL betting. It is just that the Leafs have been terrible on home ice. Toronto’s problem is a defense that is right at the bottom of the league. Their offense is nothing special either but giving up 3.6 goals per game while averaging only 2.6 per game is not going to win you many bet on hockey games.
Chicago has been a far better team at home for those that bet on hockey than on the road. The Blackhawks have been profitable in NHL betting at home but they are below .500 on the road. Chicago has been solid on defense this season as they rank in the Top 5 in the league in fewest goals allowed as bet on hockey stats show. That’s somewhat surprising considering neither Cristobal Huet nor Antti Niemi is considered a top notch NHL goaltender. Chicago’s offense has been a bit below average this year as bet on hockey numbers show but part of that may be attributed to the injury suffered to Jonathan Toews. He is back now and that should help Chicago on offense.