The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks will square off for Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night (May 28th). The Blackhawks were picked by many to advance out of the tough Western Conference to play in this years finals, but the Flyers came out of nowhere to advance from the Eastern Conference. Many had picked Ovechkin and the Capitals or Sidney and the Penguins to come out of the East this year, but it was the 7th seeded Flyers who surprised everyone to play in the finals for the first time since 1997.
The Philadelphia Flyers opened up the NHL playoffs facing off against the second place New Jersey Devils, who they managed to upset in just 5 games. The Flyers then looked like they were going to be eliminated in the Conference Semifinals, as they trailed the series 3-0 before coming back and winning the series in 7 games (marking only the third time that has been done in NHL history). The Flyers had home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals as they faced the 8th seeded Montreal Canadiens, who they beat in 5 games to advance to the Finals.
The Chicago Blackhawks finished 2nd in the West in the regular season, and were one of the favorites to come out of their Conference, but knew they had a tough task in front of them with a lot of talented Western Conference teams. The Blackhawks struggled with the Predators in the first round, but went on to win in six games. Next Chicago had to take on the talented Vancouver Canucks in the Conference Semifinals, who they managed to beat again in six games. The Blackhawks put on a show in the West Finals sweeping the 1st seeded Sharks in four games to book a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.
This Flyers vs Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals promises to be a good one – starting with Game 1 on Saturday night. The Flyers/Blackhawks Game 1 betting odds and my personal betting picks and predictions are listed below.
Flyers vs Blackhawks Stanley Cup Game 1 Odds:
Philadelphia Flyers (+178)
@ Chicago Blackhawks (-193)
Over 5.5 (-110)
Under 5.5 (+100)
Flyers vs Blackhawks Picks and Predictions:
Money Line – The Blackhawks come into this series as huge favorites (-250 to win the series) and are big favorites in game one at -193. There is a reason Chicago is such big favorites coming in – they are simply the more talented team. The question will be if the Flyers can keep up the energy and style of play they have been playing to take them to this years Stanley Cup Finals. Although I believe the Flyers make a series out of this, I don’t think they have enough to beat the Blackhawks in game 1. Chicago will be fired up and will come out flying on Saturday night, it might be worth to take a look at the Blackhawks on the puck line – BET THE BLACKHAWKS TO WIN AT -193!
Game Total – The game total has opened up at 5.5, which I expect to see for most of this Flyers/Blackhawks series. Although both goalies have played solid in this years playoffs, I think there will be too much energy in the building and these two highly offensive teams will come out scoring in game 1. The over is 3-1-1 in the Blackhawks last 5 playoff games as a favorite of -150 to -200, and 7-3-2 in their last 12 games overall. The public money has been on the under, shifting the odds and giving us more value on an over bet. BET THE OVER 5.5 Goals!
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