All 32 National Hockey League teams play on Tuesday night as part of the “Frozen Frenzy” promotion spearheaded by the ESPN network. Their showcase game that evening is an Original Six battle between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.
These two clubs battled in “Beantown” last week and will now clash on the West Side of Chicago. Let’s analyze and break down some critical factors for this cross-conference showdown in the Bruins vs Blackhawks Betting Odds preview for Tuesday night. The Bruins enter as -230 favorites, with the Blackhawks at +190 underdogs. The total is 6.5.
Day/Time: Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Streaming: ESPN+ / Live Sports Stream
Bruins Buzzing on the Road
The Boston Bruins look to remain unbeaten in the NHL Schedule as they wrap up a four-game road trip that saw the B’s sweep all three California teams, starting with a 3-1 victory over San Jose last Thursday, thanks to two quick goals late in the first period by Brad Marchand and James van Riemsdyk, respectively, and 26 saves on 27 shots faced by Linus Ullmark.
On Saturday, the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 with another pair of goals from Marchand and also a goal and an assist from forward David Pastrnak and finally, Sunday’s 3-1 win at Anaheim with Ullmark having another stellar performance after backup Jeremy Swayman started the previous contest. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner stopped 30 of 31 shots to earn his third victory of the year. Ullmark has now won 43 of his last 52 regular season starts dating back to last season.
Youth Movement in the Windy City
The Chicago Blackhawks are playing solid hockey for a rebuilding club with lots of new NHL players, most notably top draft pick Connor Bedard, who finally got to play a home game at the United Center this past Saturday. He did not disappoint the sold-out crowd of over 22,000 when he scored the first goal of the game against the mighty Vegas Golden Knights.
While the Golden Knights skated away with the 5-3 victory, make no mistake: this is a Hawks squad that can be dangerous on any given night. Coach Luke Richardson has them playing solid, respectable defense and quality puck possession and movement. Combine that with some strong starts from both Petr Mrazek and Arvid Soderblom, and Chicago is a team that can provide some value as a big underdog.
Just like this matchup a year ago, on March 14th, the Bruins, amid a historic regular season run that saw them set new National Hockey League records for most wins and most points in a year, lost at the United Center 6-3 in a contest where Chicago closed at +350 on the NHL Odds money line. If this team can get more consistent secondary scoring from forwards like Taylor Raddysh, Ryan Donato, and Jason Dickinson, keep an eye on Chicago in this contest and down the road.
Bruins vs Blackhawks Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have the visiting Boston Bruins odds to win as large favorites against the hosting Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, priced in the range around -220 to -230.
This is the fifth straight game for Boston where they have been favored. Their cheapest-priced line was on Saturday against Los Angeles, where the Bruins closed at -115. This is Chicago’s sixth game where they have been lined as an underdog. The last time the Blackhawks were favored in a regular season game was the season finale last April when they closed on the preferred side of the Pick’Em range -105 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Concluding the Bruins vs Blackhawks Betting Odds Preview: The total for this contest is set at 6.5 goals shaded slightly to the Under around the pick’em range between -110 to -120. Chicago has gone Under in five of their first six games this season, with the first Over of the year coming in a 5-3 loss to Vegas on Saturday. Boston is 1-4 to the Under this season, and when these two teams meet on the West Side of Chicago, the Under has cashed in four of the last five meetings.