NHL Odds Are In...Where Do the Blackhawks Fall?

We're still a few weeks away from the 2019-2020 NHL season's opening on Oct. 2, but the first round of odds are starting to trickle in to give us an idea of what teams we should be looking out for this upcoming season. Now that the odds are in, where do the Blackhawks fall, and who's likely to be their fiercest competition?

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Last Season's Shakeup

The end of last NHL season surprised even the most diehard hockey fans. The St. Louis Blues were dead last at the beginning of the season, and no one expected them to make any waves. They didn't just make waves, though — they were a tsunami, coming from dead last to the top, winning Game 7 of the Finals and taking the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins. 2019 was the first time the Blues had brought home the Cup in the team's 52-year history.

The shakeup last season has us wondering — where will the Blackhawks end up this season, and could we be in for another surprise?

Where Do the Blackhawks Fall?

While the Blackhawks aren't as far back in the odds as the Blues were last year, they're not the favorites for this upcoming season. The Blackhawks are sitting in the middle of the pack, tied with the Carolina Hurricanes at 33/1. Last year's defending champions, the St. Louis Blues, are sitting at 12/1, tied with the Colorado Avalanche, but they're still not at the top of the pack either.

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That honor this year belongs to the Tampa Bay Lightning, with 8/1 odds, coming in even above last year's runner-up, the Boston Bruins.

Betting Smart

It's a little early to start betting on these matches, but that doesn't mean you can't start planning your betting strategy.

First, make sure you're betting on sports you understand. You don't need to be a professional NHL player, but it helps if you know the ins and outs of the game. You also need to make sure you're managing your money, so you don't spend your entire reserve at the beginning of the season. Experts recommend making individual bets that are between 1 and 5% of your bankroll for the whole season. This strategy keeps you from spending everything you have set aside for betting on a single game.

Looking Forward

Whether you're betting on the Blackhawks, the Bruins, the Blues or industry favorites the Lightning this year, you've got plenty of time to research your team and plan your betting strategy before the season starts in October. We'll see more information emerging the closer we get to the start of the season. Will the Lightning bring home the Cup this year, or will we see another upset like the Blues brought last season? With the Blackhawks sitting at 33/1, they might end up being this season's underdog. No matter how you slice it, all signs point to another exciting — and unpredictable — hockey season.

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