NHL Picks: Best Odds for Lightning vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final

SBR Staff

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:36 AM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015 12:36 AM GMT

Before you place your NHL Picks, compare the betting odds on offer for the Stanley Cup Final matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. What betting markets are currently on offer? Which online sportsbooks are offering the best lines?

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks are both coming off impressive Game 7 victories on their opponent's home ice to reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa Bay and Chicago endured grueling Conference Finals and now they will collide in what promises to be an exciting series between two teams with fast and explosive offenses. The Blackhawks are after their third Stanley Cup title in six years while the Lightning haven't won it since 2004. 

Opening NHL odds are already favoring a 6 or 7 game series, and this means that sports bettors will have more than a few options to profit off in this Stanley Cup Final.

 

Season Series
November 11, 2014 at Chicago: Blackhawks 3, Lightning 2 (shootout)

February 27 at Tampa Bay: Lightning 4, Blackhawks 0

 

Stanley Cup Final Odds
The Blackhawks come into this year's Stanley Cup Final as the odds favorites, with online sportsbooks offering them on prices that range between -125 and -150.

The Lightning will host Games 1 and 2 based on their superior regular season point total, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary, will be hosted by the Blackhawks.

Both teams are fascinating to watch and evenly. The Lightning led the NHL in scoring offense with 3.2 goals per game this season, while the Blackhawks placed second with 2.3 goals allowed per game, but this is not an offense vs. defense series, as the Blackhawks have scored 3.3 goals per game in the postseason, and no team that has Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toew can be considered defense-oriented.

NHL Picks to Bust Your Bookie: Stanley Cup Series Prop Odds

Series Price Odds on Offer From Ladbrokes
7 Games: +195

6 Games: +190

5 Games: +260

4 Games: +550

 

Stanley Cup Final Schedule
Game 1: Wednesday June 3, Chicago at Tampa Bay, 8:00 PM ET, NBC

Game 2: Saturday, June 6, Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:15 PM ET, NBC

Game 3: Monday, June 8, Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:00 PM ET, NBCSN

Game 4: Wednesday, June 10, Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:00 PM ET, NBCSN

Game 5: (If necessary) Saturday, June 13 at Chicago at Tampa Bay, 8:00 PM ET, NBC

Game 6: (If necessary) Monday June 15, Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:00 PM ET, NBC

Game 7: (If necessary) Wednesday June 17, Chicago at Tampa Bay, 8:00 PM ET, NBC

 

Line-by-Line Breakdown
First Line

Tampa Bay Lightning: LW Ondrej Palat, C Tyler Johnson, RW Nikita Kucherov

Chicago Blackhawks: LW Brandon Saad, C Jonathan Toews, RW Patrick Kane

 

Second Line
Tampa Bay Lightning: LW Alex Killorn, C Valtteri Filppula, C/RW Steven Stamkos

Chicago Blackhawks: LW Bryan Bickell, C Brad Richards, RW Marian Hossa

 

Third Line
Tampa Bay Lightning: LW/RW J.T. Brown, LW/C Cedric Paquette, RW Ryan Callahan

Chicago Blackhawks: LW Patrick Sharp, C Antoine Vermette, RW Teuvo Teravainen

 

Depth Forwards
Tampa Bay Lightning: LW Brenden Morrow, C Brian Boyle (Spare: C Vladislav Namestnikov, LW Jonathan Drouin, C/RW Jonathan Marchessault)

Chicago Blackhawks: LW/C Andrew Desjardins, C Marcus Kruger, RW/C Andrew Shaw (Spares: LW/RW Kris Versteeg, LW Joakim Nordstrom) 

 

First Pairing
Tampa Bay Lightning: LD Victor Hedman, RD Anton Stralman

Chicago Blackhawks: LD Duncan Keith, RD Niklas Hjalmarsson

 

Second Pairing
Tampa Bay Lightning: LD Braydon Coburn, RD Jason Garrison

Chicago Blackhawks: LD Johnny Oduya, RD Brent Seabrook

 

Depth Defensemen
Tampa Bay Lightning: LD Matt Carle, RD Andrej Sustr, LD Nikita Nesterov (Spare: LD Mark Barberio)

Chicago Blackhawks: LD Kyle Cumiskey, RD David Rundblad (Spare: LD Kimmo Timonen; Injured: LD Michal Rozsival, RD Trevor van Riemsdyk)

 

Goaltenders
Tampa Bay Lightning: Starter Ben Bishop, Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy

Chicago Blackhawks: Starter Corey Crawford, Backup Scott Darling

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