NHL Betting Preview
Boston Bruins (8-3-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-3-3)
Wednesday, 8:35 pm Eastern
SBG Global Opening Line: Blackhawks – 135 , Total 5.5 Under -115
Two of the hottest teams in hockey meet on Wednesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins. The Blackhawks have won four straight while the Bruins have won six of their last seven. Chicago has not made the playoffs since 2001-2002 but look poised to make a serious run under head coach Joel Quenneville. Chicago is 6-0-2 at home this season and they have the highest average attendance in the league. “It’s a great motivator for our club,” Quenneville said, “With their backing it creates a great environment with excitement and noise. The pace of the game is quicker when they’re into it. It’s been a great start. It’s 21,000 every night. It has to be the greatest place to play.” SBG Global reports that early Hockey betting has the public taking Blackhawks at Home.
The Blackhawks are doing it all this season. They lead the league in goals per game and both of their goalies are playing well. Cristobal Huet has won two straight but Nikolai Khabibulin is the starter. It could be Huet that starts on Wednesday considering he is 10-3-0 with a 1.91 goals-against average versus the Bruins in his career, while Khabibulin is 6-9-0 with two ties and a 3.18 goals against average against Boston in his career.
The Bruins are winning thanks to goaltender Tim Thomas. He has made at least 30 saves in each of his last four starts and has a .944 save percentage on the season.
Boston has won the last two games against Chicago including a 5-3 win at Chicago in 2006. Here are more Hockey betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Bruins are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. the Western Conference. The Bruins are 2-6 in their last 8 Wednesday games.
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The Blackhawks are 8-2 in their last 10 Wednesday games. The Blackhawks are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 2 days of rest. The Blackhawks are 15-37-4 in their last 56 vs. the Eastern Conference.
The home team is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.
SBG Global Current Line: Blackhawks – 135 , Total 5.5 Under -115
The Under is 4-0-1 in the Bruins last 5 vs. the Central. The Under is 4-0 in the Bruins last 4 road games. The Under is 23-9-2 in the Bruins last 34 vs. the Western Conference. The Over is 4-0 in the Blackhawks last 4 home games. The Over is 5-0-1 in the Blackhawks last 6 overall. The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
Pick: Blackhawks 2 out of 5 units