The Chicago Blackhawks are one win vs. the bookmaker odds away from ending their 49-year Stanley Cup drought.
Chicago goes into Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia with a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago is a very slight underdog in hockey odds at the online bookmaker for Game 6.
Bookmaker odds favored Chicago before the Stanley Cup Finals began and the Blackhawks are still the overall favorites. They took the series lead on Sunday after a 7-4 win at home against the Flyers. Chicago scored two power play goals and Dustin Byfuglien ran over the Flyers in Game 5. Bfuglien had two goals and two assists in the win.
The Flyers got a very poor game out of defenseman Chris Pronger in Game 5. He was on the ice for Chicago’s first four goals he was in the penalty box when Byfuglien scored a power play goal in the second period. When the Flyers trail after two periods they rarely win vs. the online bookmaker odds. They have lost five times in the playoffs when trailing after two periods and they are 0-2 in this series in that situation. The home team has been dominant in this series and in recent Stanley Cup Final games as well. Chicago and Philadelphia have won all five home games in this year’s finals while Detroit and Pittsburgh each won their three home games last year before Pittsburgh won Game 7 on the road to win the Cup.
When a series has been tied 2-2, the team that won Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 of the last 20 times. That bodes well for Chicago in this series. The Flyers and Blackhawks have combined for 40 goals in the first five games of the final which is the most since 1981.
The Flyers have been very good at home this season so they could send this series to a seventh game. The Flyers are 24-7 in their last 31 home games. In this series the home team has won 13 of the last 16 meetings. And Chicago is 0-10 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia. It could also be another high scoring game in bookmaker odds since four of the first five games in this series have gone over. Chicago is a team that goes over the total on the road too as 24 of their last 36 road games have gone over. Four of the last five Philadelphia home games have gone over.