NHL Winter Classic Odds, Betting Guide: Can the Blackhawks Figure Out the Bruins?

Jan 01, 2019 8:30 AM EST
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The NFL has Thanksgiving, the NBA has Christmas and the NHL wants to believe it has New Year’s Day.

Since 2008, the NHL has hosted it’s Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in an attempt to seize the day. It started out as a fun idea, but the NHL does what it does best and beat the novelty right out of something cool.

This will be the fourth Winter Classic for the Chicago Blackhawks and the third for the Boston Bruins. It will be the first time that Notre Dame Stadium has hosted the event, however.

The good news is that sources are reporting the 2020 Winter Classic will take place in Dallas, which will provide the event with a much-needed breath of fresh air.

That’s enough grumbling, though, let’s break down Tuesday’s game.

NHL record: 29-31, +8.77 units

NHL Winter Classic Odds: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks

  • Bruins moneyline: -143
  • Blackhawks moneyline: +125
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Puck drop: 1 p.m. ET
  • Channel: NBC

The Bruins come into this game at 21-14-4 and in a Wild Card spot, which is impressive given the injury issues they have dealt with through the first half of the season.

The B’s won’t be at 100% at Notre Dame Stadium, either, as first-pair defenseman Charlie McAvoy and forward David Backes are set to miss the game. Boston will get Brad Marchand back for the game, however.

Once again, the B’s are one of the best teams in the NHL at suppressing scoring chances. Boston allows the fewest high-danger scoring chances in the NHL and ranks second in the league with a .949 expected save percentage at 5v5.