Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Blackhawks NHL Odds
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(21-14-4) Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks (15-20-5)
Date: Tuesday, January 1st
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame IN
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -125
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Throw out the home and away records on January 1st as the Bruins and Blackhawks meet up in the 2019 Winter Classic in front of ‘Touchdown Jesus’ at Notre Dame Stadium. Chicago will be making their 4th Winter Classic appearance still looking for their 1st win. Boston has gone 1-1 in two W.C appearances so far.
Fans from both teams will converge on Notre Dame Stadium as this is expected to be the 2nd most attended Winter classic ever. The stadium seats 77,000 plus and temps are expected to be in the 35 to 40 degree range.
The Bruins have won 4 of 6 games and will try to rely on Chicago’s goaltending disadvantage to get the win as -125 favorites. Boston is 7th in the NHL in SOG so they definitely get their chances.
Of course any time you can get Tuukka Rask in net at a very valuable line it seems like a solid wager. The Boston goaltender has gone just 2-2 in his last four while allowing 3+ in three of those games. Is that the break Chicago needs to come through as underdogs?
It seems like the Blackhawks have finally bough into Jeremy Colliton’s system after the coach replaced longtime bench stalwart Joel Quenneville in early November. Chicago has gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 and have won 5 of 6 to climb out of the NHL basement.
Veteran Cam Ward gets the New Year’s Day start in net ahead of promising rookie Collin Delia. Ward has allowed 5 goals to opponents in 3 of his last 5 outings. That means this could be a high scoring game especially if Patrick Kane (5 goals last 2 games) and Alex Debrincat (4 goals in 5 games) keep rolling for the ‘Hawks offense.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are 4-0 last four vs. Western Conference
- Blackhawks are 0-5 the last 5 on 2 days rest
- Over is 5-1 the Blackhawks last six home games
- Over is 5-2 the last 7 in Chicago
Free Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Prediction:
The best bet in the 2019 Winter Classic is a high scoring affair as both teams should be able to net some scores in this unconventional atmosphere. Chicago might have been a more solid wager with their rookie in net because Ward is simply so unpredictable lately.
There is value on both teams however. Rask has proven he can be gotten too lately and the Chicago offense definitely has momentum behind Kane. Ultimately the Blackhawks don’t look very good in these New Year’s Day games though.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Boston -125
Boston gets off to an early lead vs. Ward that Chicago chips away at but never surmounts.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Boston 5 – Chicago 4
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