The Blackhawks opened with a 2019-20 regular-season points total of 90.5 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, a number that would leave Chicago short of a playoff berth for the third straight year, but there are signs of potential improvement in coach Jeremy Colliton’s first full season.
The Blackhawks have increased their points the past two seasons, and getting OVER the 90.5 would mark another step forward from the 84 points they finished with last season.
Consistent with the points total, the Blackhawks’ odds to make the postseason were posted at +180, giving Chicago backers the opportunity to profit $180 from a $100 wager should the team earn its way into the playoffs.
The ‘no’ side of the ‘Will the Blackhawks make the 2018-19 NHL playoffs’ prop is priced at -220, meaning a winning $220 wager would result in a $100 profit for a bettor.
Last season, ‘no’ bettors cashed at +240 odds on the playoff prop.
The potential for a playoff run exists in Chicago this season if the Blackhawks can fix their defensive woes. The Hawks ranked second-to-last in the NHL this past season in goals against but eighth in goals scored. As a result, oddsmakers upped totals in Chicago games to levels that haven’t been seen in about 25 years.
Chicago has addressed its defensive issues this offseason by acquiring defensemen Olli Maatta and Calvin de Haan in a pair of trades.
The Blackhawks gave fans and bettors a flash of optimism last season, when they went 16-6 over a stretch of 22 games from January 20 to March 16, including a pair of five-game win streaks. They finished 36-34-12 for sixth place in the Central.
Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Chicago is 50/1 to win its seventh Stanley Cup, shortened from the 60/1 odds they opened with in May.
The Blackhawks are 9/1 to win the Central this upcoming season, sixth among seven teams on the division oddsboard. They opened last season as the longest shot on the the board.
The Avalanche are the +275 favorites to win the Central despite finishing fifth in 2018-19. The four teams between the Avs and the Hawks all opened at 9/2 odds, with the Wild priced as the outsiders.
Colorado, which lost in the second round of the playoffs, is one of five teams in the league with a season points total above 100, joining the Bruins (100.5), Maple Leafs (102.5), Golden Knights (103.5) and Stanley Cup favorite Lightning (108.5).
Here’s the complete list of season point totals, odds to make the playoffs and odds to win the Central division from the Westgate:
NHL 2019-20 season point totals
Lightning: 108½ Golden Knights: 103½ Maple Leafs: 102½ Bruins: 100½ Avalanche: 100½ Capitals: 97½ Predators: 97½ Flames: 96½ Jets: 96½ Stars: 96½ Blues: 96½ Penguins: 95½ Sharks — 94½ Hurricanes: 94½ Islanders: 94½ Coyotes: 91½ Blackhawks: 90½ Flyers: 90½ Canadiens: 89½ Canucks: 88½ Devils: 88½ Rangers: 88½ Oilers: 85½ Wild: 84½ Sabres: 83½ Blue Jackets: 82½ Ducks: 80½ Red Wings: 76½ Kings: 74½ Senators: 68½
NHL 2019-20 odds to make playoffs (Yes/No)
Ducks: +375/-500 Coyotes: -110/-110 Bruins: -500/+375 Sabres: +350/-450 Flames: -220/+180 Hurricanes: -180/+150 Blackhawks: +180/-220 Avalanche: -400/+30 Blue Jackets: +350/-450 Stars: -190/+160 Red Wings: +650/-1,000 Oilers: +240/-300 Panthers: -240/+190 Kings: +425/-600 Wild: +300/-400 Canadiens: +140/-160 Predators: -220/+180 Devils: +140/-160 Islanders: -180/+150 Rangers: +140/-160 Senators: +1,500/-5,000 Flyers: +110/-130 Penguins: -200/+170 Sharks: -190/+160 Blues: -190/+160 Lightning: -900/+600 Maple Leafs : -650/+450 Canucks: +180/-220 Golden Knights: -650/+450 Capitals: -280/+230 Jets: -190/+160
Odds to win Central division
St Louis 9/2
Nashville 9/2 Chicago 9/1 Minnesota 50/1
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