What’s the Best Option this Online NHL Betting Wednesday?
With most NHL teams facing around 20 games left on the season, how the online NHL betting action unfolds in the next following weeks will have huge implications on this year’s playoff seeding and ultimately, which teams will have the best sportsbook odds of winning the Stanley Cup. Wednesday’s round of thrilling NHL action will feature just two matchups, with one offering much less appeal than the other.
Early on in the evening, the Carolina Hurricanes will travel to Tampa Bay to face off against the Lightning at the Amalie Arena. With the Hurricanes ranking dead last in the Metropolitan, and the Lightning ranking just two spots above last in the Atlantic Division, it’s safe to say that there isn’t much on the line when these two face each other. Which will lead those who bet on NHL to tune in to the other matchup of the night.
At 8:00 pm ET, the puck will hit the ice and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks will brawl it out. The Penguins were giving the Capitals a run for their money last week, but Washington’s extreme resilience was enough to hold off Pittsburgh and then some. Pittsburgh is now focused on holding on to their No. 3 seed in the Metropolitan. On the other hand, the Blackhawks will be looking to pick up some points in order to close in on division-leading Minnesota. Let’s see who the sportsbooks think will come out on top Wednesday night.
ONLINE NHL BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, March 1st
Pittsburgh Penguins +1 ½ (-260) 5 ½ (-115) +110
Chicago Blackhawks -1 ½ (+220) 5 ½ (-105) -130
The bookies have decided to side with the Blackhawks over the Penguins. After competing in 62 games, Chicago rides into this matchup with a 39-18-5 record that yields the club 83 points. Right now, the Blackhawks are 5 points short of tying with the Minnesota Wild, who have been having a pretty stellar season this year. Chicago enters this game with a 4-game win streak and in a couple of weeks will be making their 9th straight playoff appearance.
The Penguins have been doing their best to get back into the online NHL betting playoffs and compete for a back-to-back title. After playing in 61 games this season, the Penguins have amassed a 38-15-8 record that nets the club 84 points on the season. Looking over the current landscape in the Eastern Conference, it’s clear that Pittsburgh’s tally on the season will be a guarantor of their playoff berth. However, we haven’t seen a team win consecutive titles in the NHL since the 1990s, and considering how competitive the top teams in the league have been this season, it’s hard to imagine the Penguins making a deep push in the playoffs.
This sportsbook matchup will mark the first time these two have faced each other this season. However, the Blackhawks did battle the Penguins in the preseason twice. In both contests, Pittsburgh ended up on top. Let’s find out if things change in the regular season.