Stanley Cup Odds: Zdeno Chara’s Injury Hurts Bruins’ Odds vs. Blues
Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Zdeno Chara
- The Boston Bruins have yet to confirm the severity of Zdeno Chara's facial injury, but oddsmakers appear skeptical of his status.
- The Bruins' Stanley Cup odds fell from -160 to -145 at Westgate, with the St. Louis Blues going from +140 to +125.
In Game 4, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a puck to the face after a blocked shot ramped up his stick and climbed the approximate seven feet up to the big fella’s mouth. Though Chara did return to the bench in the third period donning a full face mask, he did not play, and instead sat on the bench for the remainder of the game.
While multiple sources have reported Chara has a broken jaw, which could put his status in jeopardy for the remainder of the series, the Bruins have not confirmed that news or ruled him out going forward.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) June 5, 2019
Though the Bruins seem to be holding out hope that Chara can play regardless of his “facial injury,” the oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have adjusted the series odds.
Stanley Cup Odds
The Bruins rose to the -300 to -350 range across the market, but fell to -160 when the series became a mini best-of-three after their Game 4 loss.
The line held pat following the initial reports of Chara’s jaw, but on Wednesday afternoon, Westgate moved Boston to -145, with St. Louis going from +140 to +125. This movement represents about a 5% swing in implied probability.
Westgate’s Game 5 moneyline mirrors their series odds, with Boston falling from -160 to -145 since opening.
On a positive note for Boston, it appears as if Matt Grzelcyk could return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a concussion. Boston is also reportedly considering playing seven defensemen, with other candidates to play including Steven Kampfer and Urho Vaakanainen.