Stanley Cup action report: NHL bettors give Bruins fighting chance

The Stanley Cup final gets underway in the Windy City tonight, with the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Boston Bruins. We talk to Aron Black of Bet365.com about the action coming in on the series opener and where the odds could end up come puck drop at 8 p.m. ET.

Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks – Open: -150, Move: -140, Move: -153

Some books opened high on Game 1 and took early action on the Bruins, trimming the moneyline to as low as -140 before Blackhawks bettors answered the call and pushed the price back to its original post. But since the move to -153, Boston money is beginning to show again on the underdog at +141.

“The Boston money has been coming in since the price moves, so margin wise we are leaner than we’d like with early Chicago and later Boston money,” Black told Covers. “However, it’s pretty much split and given that we will take a lot more action as gametime nears. It’s not going to be a big deal.”

Puckline action has sided with Chicago -1.5 (+200) but in three-way moneyline wagers, bettors are picking Boston to win in regulation at +225 odds.

The total for Game 1 opened at 5 (Under -145) and has taken the majority of action on the under. Both Boston and Chicago have stayed below the number in recent games. The Bruins are 1-4 over/under in their last five and the Blackhawks boast a 2-3-1 over/under count in their previous six contests.

As for the series prices, the Blackhawks opened at -135 and quickly jumped to -145. But, according to Black, more action has come in on the Bruins +125 in recent days with bettors believing in Boston after a dominant series sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It’s no big surprise,” he says.  “Though Chicago has had a fantastic season, Boston has been impressive ever since the Leafs had their immense choke in Game 7 and handed Boston the series. They handled Pittsburgh with no problems and with both teams well rested and travel in the series being light, it’s not a surprise to see many supporting Boston.”

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