Illinois Sportsbooks Predicting An Avalanche Getting In Chicago’s Way For 2021-22 NHL Season

Written By Derek Helling on October 13, 2021 - Last Updated on June 4, 2024
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The Chicago Blackhawks open their regular season tonight, visiting the Colorado Avalanche.

A quick look at the futures odds for the Blackhawks reveal a significant obstacle in the team’s way for the 2021-22 NHL season. Chicago’s pro hockey franchise is unfortunate enough to be in the same division as the odds-on Stanley Cup favorite for the second-consecutive season.

Despite that, several sportsbooks in Illinois are offering promos for hockey bets on Chicago for the opener and beyond. However, you don’t necessarily need Chicago to plow through the Avalanche to make them pay off, either.

Tonight’s Chicago Blackhawks betting odds

How to watch Blackhawks at Avalanche game

  • What: Blackhawks (0-0-0) at Avalanche (0-0-0)
  • When9 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Pepsi Center

Chicago Blackhawks futures on IL sports betting apps

Chicago gets a taste of what’s to come at the first drop of the puck tonight. They will face the Colorado Avalanche, which BetRivers Sportsbook has +500 to win the Stanley Cup this year.

Colorado is the consensus favorite to win it all this season, just like the Avalanche were last season. That means a lot longer odds for Chicago. For example, BetRivers has Chicago +4500 to win the Cup themselves.


Caesars at William Hill gives Chicago a mediocre chance to win the Western Conference at +2000, sitting about in the middle of that field. The divisional lines are where Colorado’s dominance of expectations most shows up.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Avalanche -250 to win the Central Division. Chicago is +1800 in the same market.

FanDuel Sportsbook has a market with odds on each team to net at least 100 points in the regular season. In that field, Chicago sits +240.

If you’d like to wager on whether Chicago will make the playoffs this season, PointsBet Sportsbook will give you -115 odds on either side of that market right now.

Among the promos for Chicago’s season opener is a DraftKings special for new customers in Illinois.

First-time DraftKings IL depositors can bet $1, win $100 in bonus bets

From now through Oct. 17 at 10:59 p.m., DraftKings has a new customer deal active for all MLB, NFL and NHL games. That includes tonight’s Chicago at Colorado game along with two other Chicago contests.

Chicago visits the New Jersey Devils on Friday, Oct. 15, then finishes the road trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Oct. 16. This promo is just for first-time depositors. To activate the deal, make your first deposit of at least $5 on DraftKings.

Then, place a moneyline wager of at least $1 on either side of any MLB, NFL or NHL game. For the sake of example, say you stake a buck on Chicago to win tonight (+165). If either team scores a goal in the game, you’ll get four $25 bonus bets. So, if Chicago wins, you’ll also get your payout from that wager as well.

If the Avalanche bury Chicago, however, you’ll still get the bonus bets. This promo includes overtime and shootouts for NHL games, so it’s as close to a lock as possible. Do note, however, that you must place your bet before the game starts and those bonus bets expire seven days after issuance.

DraftKings isn’t the only IL sportsbook ready for the puck to drop, though. Other online sportsbooks in Illinois have skates on and fresh sticks ready to hit the ice.

Other sportsbooks promos for Chicago’s opener and beyond

BetRivers, Caesars, FanDuel and PointsBet all have boosted odds on select markets for NHL games tonight. Those deals include:

  • BetRivers: Chicago to win at least one period and Cover +1.5 vs. Colorado +150
  • Caesars: Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Avalanche all to win +900; Miko Rantanen first goalscorer and Avalanche win +1200
  • FanDuel: Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado to win +170
  • PointsBet: Jonathan Toews to score a goal and Chicago win +630

This is in addition to other standing promos, like FanDuel’s NHL Parlay Insurance. In that offer, you can get up to $25 in site credit for placing NHL parlays of at least four legs now through Oct. 19 if your bet hits on all but one leg.

While Chicago might not make many futures bets on its performance over the course of this season’s payout, these deals can help them stay out of bettors’ penalty boxes. What’s clear is that if Chicago wants to make some noise this season, they’ll have to go through the Avalanche.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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