Battle of the Bs: Blackhawks take on BluesPosted by: Charlie Smith
Ahead of the 2016 season, most online NHL betting sites had the Chicago Blackhawks listed as the most favorable team to win the Stanley Cup this season. Now that we have a couple of games under our belt, it seems that the Blackhawks are living up to their preseason expectations. As things stand now Chicago has a menacing record of 9-3-1, which ranks them 1st within the Central Division. Right now the Blackhawks are the front runners to make it to the playoffs and go all the way. Last season, Chicago qualified for the postseason with the #3 seed but were stuffed short early in the first round by the St. Louis Blues, losing 4 games to 3. The series was hard fought but the results are still fresh in the mind of the Blackhawks. Luckily for Chicago they’ll have a chance to avenge their postseason defeat this Wednesday.
On Wednesday, November 9th, the Chicago Blackhawks will be traveling to the Gateway City to take on the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center. The Blues will be coming in with a 7-4-2 record which places them 2nd within the Central Division. St. Louis will be eager to capitalize on the opportunity to take the lead from the Blackhawks. Fans looking to tune into their plight can do so via NBCSN, ESPN Radio, or online with NHL TV. If most hockey betting sites stick to their preseason dispositions, then the Blackhawks will certainly be coming in as the favorites.
Both of these teams will be coming in off a victory, but there’s no sense arguing that Chicago’s was much more ceremonious. This past Sunday night, the Blackhawks welcomed the Dallas Stars into their home and the two of them put on a marvelous contest that ended in a 4-3 overtime finish. The contest was thrilling and the Stars played their hearts out, but Chicago wasn’t about to let anyone spoil their special night. The Blackhawks have won their fair share of Stanley Cups, and every time they’ve won one the Chicago Cubs have opened their home, Wrigley Field, to celebrate with the Champions. This past Sunday, the Blackhawks got their chance to return the favor. In recognition of the Cubs superb World Series triumph, the Blackhawks put up some décor, repainted the ice, and welcomed some of their own past legends to come celebrate with the Cubs, as well as the entire city of Chicago. The online NHL betting odds were backing the Blackhawks in their game against the Stars, but so was the entire city of Chicago.
It’s safe to say that there’s a championship atmosphere in the city of Chicago, but luckily for the Blues they’ll be playing the Blackhawks in St. Louis. Whether or not separating the Blackhawks from their home city will be enough to overcome them remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure; the Blues will be anxious to deliver this week’s online NHL betting upset and start taking control of the Central Division.