Sports betting has the official green light in Illinois, so you can now legally bet on the NHL.
And we don’t have to look too far to find the team at the top of everyone’s mind. The Chicago Blackhawks, with a trio of Stanley Cup victories since the turn of the century, have a passionate and devoted following across the state.
Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith continue to lead the way as the club looks to recapture some of the magic of its glory days. However, after a decent start, the Blackhawks missed the Playoffs in 2021. Chicago finished 24-25-7.
Once the 2021-22 season begins, you can bet right along with every bounce of the puck this season. You can bet on individual Blackhawks games and player props, and even live bet the action as it plays out. There’s also a big futures market for the NHL, too, so you can place an NHL bet on the ‘Hawks to hoist the Stanley Cup again.
The Blackhawks will miss the playoffs again this year. When the next NHL season comes around, our live feed will have the best current odds at Illinois online sportsbooks. Click on any of the odds (moneyline, puck line or totals) to go straight to the sportsbook, claim your free bets or bonuses along and make your Blackhawks bet.
The last time the Blackhawks took a victory lap with the Stanley Cup was in 2015. While the team managed to win three over a short period, adding more hardware to the case would be nice. The Blackhawks were eliminated again for the 2021 season.
For even more ways to bet on the Blackhawks this season, you can check out props and futures wagers. Props bets are available on each of the individual games, and you’ll even find some of the season-long variety.
For the games, many props will revolve around the performance of individual players, such as:
Many props will also revolve around game or team circumstances, for instance:
As mentioned, you’ll also find some season-long props inside of the NHL futures market, for example:
The futures market doesn’t end there. There are lots of wagers you can place on events that won’t occur until the end of the season, including the:
A number of the top attractions in the futures market stay active all year round. For example, odds for the winner of next year’s Stanley Cup will be released soon after the current edition is in the books.
You can place bets right away, and also stay engaged all year to scout for further opportunities. Futures are a great way to stay engaged with the NHL throughout the season, and a handy research tool as you project out the coming year.
Betting rules for hockey are pretty standard at legal online sportsbooks. However, there are occasional oddball events that may impact your wagers. Here’s the gist of what you need to know:
While these are the standard rules, certain situations may vary by operator. It’s always a good rule of thumb to review the house rules for the sport you are betting on for specifics. If you have questions after reviewing the terms and conditions, you can always reach out to the operator via various customer support options.
Once the Blackhawks’ schedule is released for next season, you can find it in its entirety here. Here are the Blackhawks game dates through the end of the year:
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||at Colorado Avalanche|
|Friday, Oct. 15||at New Jersey Devils|
|Saturday, Oct. 16||at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Tuesday, Oct. 19||vs. NY Islanders|
|Thursday, Oct. 21||vs. Vancouver Canucks|
|Sunday, Oct. 24||vs. Detroit Red Wings|
|Wednesday, Oct. 27||vs. Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Friday, Oct. 29||at Carolina Hurricanes|
|Saturday, Oct. 30||at St. Louis Blues|
|Monday, Nov. 1||vs. Ottawa Senators|
|Wednesday, Nov. 3||vs. Carolina Hurricanes|
|Friday, Nov. 5||at Winnipeg Jets|
|Sunday, Nov. 7||vs. Nashville Predators|
|Tuesday, Nov. 9||vs. Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Friday, Nov. 12||vs. Arizona Coyotes|
|Wednesday, Nov. 17||at Seattle Kraken|
|Saturday, Nov. 20||at Edmonton Oilers|
|Sunday, Nov. 21||at Vancouver Canucks|
|Tuesday, Nov. 23||at Calgary Flames|
|Friday, Nov. 26||vs. St. Louis Blues|
|Sunday, Nov. 28||vs. San Jose Sharks|
|Thursday, Dec. 2||at Washington Capitals|
|Saturday, Dec. 4||at NY Rangers|
|Sunday, Dec. 5||at NY Islanders|
|Tuesday, Dec. 7||vs. NY Rangers|
|Thursday, Dec. 9||at Montreal Canadiens|
|Saturday, Dec. 11||at Toronto Maple Leaf|
|Monday, Dec. 13||vs. Calgary Flames|
|Wednesday, Dec. 15||vs. Washington Capitals|
|Friday, Dec. 17||vs. Nashville Predators|
|Saturday, Dec. 18||at Dallas Stars|
|Tuesday, Dec. 21||vs. Florida Panthers|
|Thursday, Dec. 23||at Dallas Stars|
|Tuesday, Dec. 28||at Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Wednesday, Dec. 29||at Winnipeg Jets|
|Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022||at Nashville Predators|
The Blackhawks closed out the 2020-21 regular season with a mark of 24-25-7. That was good enough for 55 points over 56 games played, but the club found itself outside of the Playoff hunt.
Most notably, Jonathan Toews missed the entire season due to an undisclosed health condition. We still don’t know what Toews has been dealing with, or whether he’ll ever suit up for the Blackhawks again. They obviously missed their team captain, who has been one of the most important players in franchise history.
As a result of Toews’ absence, Chicago didn’t have much firepower behind Patrick Kane. However, Kane was awesome in 2021-22, notching 51 assists and 66 points. Alex DeBrincat was second on the team with 56 points.
In the end, the Blackhawks finished third-to-last in the Central Division, only topping the Red Wings and Blue Jackets.
The most recent NHL entry draft was held Oct. 6-7, 2020. The Blackhawks had eight picks over the two-day event. Here’s a quick look at the newest members of the Chicago Blackhawks roster:
In the past decade, Chicago was one of the top clubs in the NHL. Naturally, that translated into lower draft positions for the franchise. The club also traded away a pair of higher picks during its quest for Stanley Cup wins.
The story has been a little different over the past few seasons as the team continues to restock the coffers. Here are the players selected in the first round by the Blackhawks over the past 10 years:
If we look over the past decade of Blackhawks hockey, we find a number of familiar names at the top of the scoring charts. Here are the team leaders for each of the past 10 seasons in the major categories:
|2020-21||Patrick Kane, 66||Alex DeBrincat, 32||Patrick Kane, 51|
|2019-20||Patrick Kane, 84||Patrick Kane, 33||Patrick Kane, 51|
|2018-19||Patrick Kane, 110||Patrick Kane, 44||Patrick Kane, 66|
|2017-18||Patrick Kane, 76||Alex DeBrincat, 28||Patrick Kane, 49|
|2016-17||Patrick Kane, 89||Patrick Kane, 34||Patrick Kane, 55|
|2015-16||Patrick Kane, 106||Patrick Kane, 46||Patrick Kane, 60|
|2014-15||Jonathan Toews, 66||Jonathan Toews, 28||Marian Hossa, 39|
|2013-14||Patrick Sharp, 78||Patrick Sharp, 34||Duncan Keith, 55|
|2012-13||Patrick Kane, 55||Patrick Kane, 23||Patrick Kane, 32|
|2011-12||Marian Hossa, 77||Patrick Sharp, 33||Marian Hossa, 48|
|2010-11||Jonathan Toews, 76||Patrick Sharp, 34||Patrick Kane, 46|
On the head coaching front, the Blackhawks benefited tremendously from the lengthy run of Joel Quenneville. He led the team from 2008-18, a period of outstanding success in Chicago history as the team snagged a trio of Stanley Cups.
Here’s a look at how the past five head coaches for the team have fared on an overall basis:
The captain’s “C” is not handed out lightly in NHL circles. Players who get named as team leaders are generally cornerstone players of the franchise. That has certainly been the case with the Blackhawks.
Since the turn of the century, only five players have served as official team captain. Here’s the list along with the years they spent with the “C” on their jerseys:
Chicago has several stellar players in net throughout the team’s history, including franchise icons such as Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour. There has been a good amount of stability over the past decade as well, but a changing of the guard may be in order for the coming campaign.
Here’s a look at the goaltenders over the past 10 seasons who have suited up in net for the Blackhawks, along with the number of games played:
From 1929 through 1994, the Blackhawks played home games at Chicago Stadium. The venue could accommodate over 18,000 fans for hockey when standing room rules were in effect. While the arena will always hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans and hockey historians, the club moved to more modern digs for the 1994 season. Here are the details on where you can catch the Blackhawks in person:
NBC Sports Chicago is the broadcast home for Blackhawks games. The channel is available on numerous cable, satellite and streaming packages throughout Illinois. Pat Foley calls the play-by-play action. Former NHL star Eddie Olczyk serves as the primary analyst, while Steve Konroyd chips in.
National broadcasts of select games also are available on the NHL’s national broadcast partners: NBC, NBC Sports Network and NHL Network. Subscription service ESPN+ also carries some NHL games throughout the season.
The flagship radio station for Blackhawks games is WGN Radio AM 720, which is based out of Chicago. John Wiedeman handles the play-by-play call on the radio side, while Troy Murray is on board as the analyst.
The audio feed is also picked up by a number of affiliates across the state, so be sure to check your local listings for the exact location on the dial. Additionally, radio broadcasts of Blackhawks games are available on NHL.com and via the TuneIn radio app.
If you’re looking to head out to catch the game, you have plenty of options to explore. Even better, the legalization of sports betting in Illinois means that you can place your wagers on the go via an app on your phone.
You’ll also be able to live bet as the action plays out on the ice. There are a number of stellar sports bars throughout Illinois. Here are a handful that know how to do Blackhawks games right.
Note: Please check Illinois health mitigation protocols before visiting your local pub or restaurant.
Near Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora, O’Malley’s is a great spot to get food and drink. The menu features traditional comfort fare, and there are plenty of TVs and drink specials available as you soak in the game.
A neighborhood pub in the Lakeview area of Chicago, Finley Dunne’s is an old-school, casual-style spot. Featuring typical bar food and drink specials, it’s a great place to kick back and catch the Blackhawks’ action.
Happy to be known as a dive bar, Hawkeye’s is a neighborhood pub in Chicago. You’ll find food and drink specials plus a festive atmosphere as you get set to enjoy the game.
If you’re in the West Dundee area, be sure to check out the Chubby Bullfrog. One of several official Blackhawks bars across the state, this spot features craft beers, a full menu, karaoke, darts and more.
Located in the Barrington Square Mall Shopping Center in Hoffman Estates, Bar Down features daily specials, a lengthy happy hour during the week and plenty of screens to catch the Blackhawks game.
Regardless of where you plan to go to watch the Chicago Blackhawks game, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and verify the hours of operation.
The Blackhawks are one of the Original Six franchises in the NHL. The other members of that prestigious group are the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Games between these clubs are among the many highlights of the NHL regular season. Overall, the Blackhawks have found a good deal of success with plenty of playoff appearances and six Stanley Cups titles.
However, there was also a lengthy drought in between the third and fourth Stanley Cup victories, which spanned from 1961 through 2010. Here are some of the key details and notable facts about this iconic NHL franchise:
The Wirtz Corp. is the official owner of the Blackhawks, with Rocky Wirtz serving as CEO. The family purchased an interest in the team in 1952 and took over full ownership in 1966. Frederic McLaughlin was the original owner, and his estate sold to James Norris in 1946. Norris had a pair of partners during his time at the helm, including Arthur Wirtz. According to the latest NHL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Blackhawks currently carry a price tag of $1.085 billion, which places them in fourth place in the league in terms of value.
On the low end, Blackhawks tickets can be had for $26. The average value is a shade over $100. As you would expect, the better seats, such as center ice rink side and suites, will run into the hundreds of dollars. Additionally, keep in mind that prices may vary depending on the opponent and how the season as a whole is going in Chicago.
The team’s last trip to the Stanley Cup Final came at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. The club was paired up with the Tampa Bay Lightning and took them down in six games for a third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Chicago has won six Stanley Cups in total, with the other five wins coming in 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013.
The team has retired six numbers, one of which was in honor of two players. Here’s the full list.
A number of legendary players have suited up for Chicago since the franchise’s inception. Among the most famous names are all-time NHL greats such as Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. In more recent decades, iconic players such as Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios have sported the Blackhawks sweater. Of the current crop, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews lead the way and are climbing up the franchise record books.
Back in 2007, the team struck paydirt when it earned the rights to the top overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft. Patrick Kane was the choice, and he became a cornerstone of the franchise. The Blackhawks had the second overall pick in 1965 and used it to select Andy Culligan. The team has had the third overall choice six times overall, including in 2006 when it selected current team captain Jonathan Toews.