We examine the opening NHL odds for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This insightful betting article analyzes movement on both the money line and total.
Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 Opening Lines
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning resume this closely-contested and evenly-matched series on Monday at 8:05 PM ET. It will be Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and will take place at the United Center in Chicago. The opening money line at 5Dimes had Chicago listed as a -160 money line favorite. The total was posted at 5.5, +130 on the over, and -140 for an under wager.
Early and Projected Line Movements
First and foremost, the total in this game swiftly was moved to 5.0 across the board. Going over the total now comes at a price of -135, and the under is +125. This comes as no surprise to me, and I’m also a bit perplexed they even risked opening at 5.5 with all being considered. After all, these teams have now met a combined seven times this season, and six of those seven games have gone under the total. It’s not like any of the three goaltenders who’ve played in this series has stood on their proverbial head. Quality scoring opportunities have just been few and far between. Both teams have done an excellent job of limiting their opponent’s shots on goal, and have been very cognizant of each other’s ability to strike quickly on outnumbered situations via the counterattack. Considering it’s very rare to see an NHL odds total move off of an opening number like we’ve seen here, the only fluctuation in movement that I anticipate before game time pertains to the price of wagering on either the over or under, and even then I’m predicting very little if any change at all.
The money line at 5Dimes at the time of this writing now has Chicago up to a larger -165. Considering the bigger market team (Chicago) with a more glorious history is at home, and has an opportunity to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1931 while playing in front of their own fans, it wouldn’t shock me in the least if we see the Hawks price soar up to -175 or -180. The general public has witnessed Chicago winning each of the last two games in this series, and with that being fresh in their memory banks, I look for the majority of money line wagering from this point going forward to be on the home side.