Sunday NHL Opening Odds

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(The Spread) – On the last day of the NHL regular season Sunday, there are five games on the schedule but clearly the biggest two contests involve the Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are on tap first as they can clinch a playoff spot with a victory at home over the Detroit Red Wings which airs at 12:30PM EST on NBC Chicago can also get in if it loses in regulation and Dallas loses later in the day to Minnesota or beat the Wild in a shootout, which would give the Blackhawks the final seed.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Chicago a -200 moneyline favorite and the over-under is 5.5, while Detroit has a line of +170. The Blackhawks are 24-16-0 at home this season, while the Red Wings are 25-11-4 on the road.

According to the latest NHL trends, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings and is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Chicago.The underdog is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. The road team is 8-1 in the last nine meetings. The Red Wings are 0-4 in the last four meetings.

Detroit will be without Henrik Zetterberg (24 goals, 56 assists) as he is day-to-day with an ankle injury. The Blackhawks are led by Jonathan Toews as he has 32 goals and 44 assists.

If Chicago wins, Dallas' game against Minnesota at 6:00PM EST means very little in the grand scheme of things. However, if the Blackhawks lose everything rests in the Stars' hands. A line was not set overnight for the contest.

The Colorado Avalanche host the Edmonton Oilers at 3:00PM EST. Colorado is a -135 favorite and the over-under is set at 5.5.

Sunday NHL Opening Odds & Totals

51 Edmonton Oilers +115 (5.5)

52 Colorado Avalanche -135

53 Boston Bruins

54 New Jersey Devils

55 Pittsburgh Penguins

56 Atlanta Thrashers

57 Detroit Red Wings +170 (5.5)

58 Chicago Blackhawks -200

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