Online Hockey Betting Sites Size up Toronto vs. Chicago Matchup
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Online hockey betting fans have a slim selection of games to choose from this evening. Since the NHL has only put together two matchups, it looks like players will have to settle with some 2 team parlay predictions. Nevertheless, this evening’s Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks matchup is still an enticing pairing worth betting on. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout NHL betting sites are predicting for this Wednesday night contest.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Wed., January 24th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Online Hockey Betting Lines:
Toronto Maple Leafs +1 ½ (-290) 6 (-110) +105
Chicago Blackhawks -1 ½ (+245) 6 (-110) -125
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs slide into this evening’s contest sporting a 26-18-5 record that ranks them 3rd overall in the Atlantic Division. Additionally, the Leafs have amassed 57-points on the season, which paves the way to such a high ranking in the division. At the current moment, Toronto is 7 points behind the second-seeded Boston Bruins and a whopping 12 points behind tee 1st place Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite such a staggering difference, Toronto has the talent to bridge that gap. However, the Leafs will need a strong showing to do so. Considering that Toronto is 1-5 in their last 6 games, they’ll also need a bit of a rebound to accomplish the task. And by the looks of it, the online hockey betting odds don’t think Toronto will get the job done this evening.
Notwithstanding that sportsbook prediction, Toronto has a pretty sizable statistical advantage this evening. At the current moment, the Leafs rank 7th overall in the NHL in scoring, 18th in defense, as well as 11th in power play percentage. On the other hand, the Blackhawks rank 12th in scoring, 15th in defense, and 29th in power play percentage. While Chicago might have a better defense, Toronto is clearly the better all-around team.
The Chicago Blackhawks enter this Wednesday night matchup flashing a 22-19-6 record that ranks them dead last in the Central Division. It’s surprising to see Chicago struggle so much this season, considering the high level of success they enjoyed during last year’s regular season. Then again, the Blackhawks delivered a pitiful performance in the postseason, and it seems they’re keeping in line with that this season.
Overall, the club has accrued 50 points this season, which places them a whopping 15-points behind the division leading Winnipeg Jets. Likewise, the Blackhawks are 11-points behind the 3rd place St. Louis Blues. So it’s safe to say that Chicago isn’t making the playoffs this season. All in all, Chicago enters this evening’s matchup riding a 3-game losing streak. Despite that streak, online sportsbooks are pegging them as the favorites this evening. Should players betting on this Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks matchup agree?
Considering that the Leafs are pegged as the underdog this evening, taking them on the money line seems like the best way to go. The spread doesn’t seem all that great of an option, considering just how high the vig is. The totals is ok but the money line is much better this evening.