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The Chicago Blackhawks are in a race to the bottom during the 2023-24 campaign. Already in the middle of an extensive rebuild, a slew of key injuries has decimated the roster, and unless there’s a major turnaround during the second half, the team will likely hold a top-five pick in June’s entry draft.

However, there is plenty of hope around the organization, largely due to upcoming star center Connor Bedard. The first pick in the 2023 Draft, Bedard is one of the most decorated and skilled prospects to enter the NHL in the last 25 years. With an already deep pool of prospects on the way, Chicago is poised to return to Cup-winning caliber within a couple more seasons.

In this piece, we’ll take a look at how you can bet on the Chicago Blackhawks by listing key gambling information, including current and future Blackhawks odds, ticket and viewing information, injury report details, and more. We’ll also provide a history of the franchise and recommend some sportsbooks to use when making wagers on the team.

How can you bet on the Chicago Blackhawks on an online sportsbook in Illinois?

You can bet on the Chicago Blackhawks on an online sportsbook in Illinois by following the steps below.

  1. Learn more about Illinois sportsbooks: To make things easier for you, we’ve written thorough, comprehensive reviews of all legal, licensed Illinois bookmakers. These reviews cover mobile app performance, welcome bonus information (including promo codes where applicable), an overall rating of the operator based on several key metrics, and other information that can help you find the right fit in a sportsbook.
  2. Pick your sportsbook(s) and complete the signup: In each of the reviews we mentioned above, you’ll find a link to the sportsbook’s registration form. Click the link so you can guarantee the best available welcome promo (it should open in a new tab), and you’ll be able to get signed up with the bookmaker(s). Keep in mind that you must be at least 21 years old to bet on sports in Illinois.
  3. Make a deposit: Next, you’ll need to deposit some money into your sportsbook account to be able to place a wager, even if you intend to use bonus bets or bet credits from the welcome offer. Choose a deposit method (you’ll be able to find available options in the sportsbook reviews) that works well for you and the amount you wish to place in your account. This amount should be within your financial means while also sufficient enough to cover the welcome bonus requirements.
  4. Research the lines and matchups: Knowing as much as you can about your betting options, including player performance trends, injury reports, goaltending matchups, home/road splits, and more will all improve your chances of making winning wagers. The more information you can gather ahead of time, the better.
  5. Shop odds and place your bets: Shopping the lines is an important skill to master, as subtle differences in betting odds between various sportsbooks can make a noticeable difference in your bankroll on winning wagers. For example, if Blackhawks winger Nick Foligno is at +250 odds to score a goal at Sportsbook A and is at +300 odds at Sportsbook B, a $10 wager at Sportsbook A would win you $25 and pay out $35 while Sportsbook B would win $30 and pay out $40. These differences are most pronounced in props markets and can add up to considerable gains in the long run.

Which bet types are available for the Chicago Blackhawks?

You’ll find many different bet types available for the Chicago Blackhawks, ranging from basic wagers on whether the team will win or lose to intricate wagers with multiple outcomes tying into your betting slip. Here are some of the most popular ways to gamble on Blackhawks games.

  • Moneyline: The most straightforward type of Blackhawks bet, moneyline wagers involve predicting whether you think Chicago will win or lose. It does not matter how many goals they win or lose by, nor does it matter if the game goes to overtime or a shootout. If you’re betting Chicago on the moneyline, your bet will win if they have the lead when the score goes final.
  • Puck line: The puck line functions in a similar way to spread betting in football, acting to handicap the final score. However, unlike the spread which can vary dramatically from game to game, the puck line is almost always set at 1.5 goals either way. For example, if the Blackhawks were the favorite, you would see the puck line read as “Chicago Blackhawks -1.5 goals.” This means for your puck line bet to win, Chicago must beat their opponent by at least two goals; if they only win by one, or if they lose outright, your puck line bet is scored as a loss.
  • Totals: Totals bets (also called “over/unders”) are wagers on the combined goal total from Chicago and their opponent. For example, say the Blackhawks were playing the St. Louis Blues, and the over/under was set at 6.5. Taking the “over” means you think seven or more goals will be scored. With totals bets, it doesn’t matter which team wins, so in the example above, the “over” would hit if Chicago won 6-1 or if St. Louis won 4-3.
  • Props: Prop bets are particularly popular when crafting parlay wagers (we’ll touch on that in a moment). Short for “proposition bets,” props are wagers that are tied to specific in-game events that don’t necessarily correlate to the final score and can be player- or team-focused. Some examples would include whether or not Connor Bedard will score Chicago’s first goal, how many saves Petr Mrazek will make, or whether the Blackhawks will score in the first 10 minutes of the game.
  • Parlays: Parlay wagers combine multiple versions of the above bet types and combine them into a singular wager. The odds are multiplied for each “leg” added to the parlay, meaning it's possible to win a large amount of money while risking a relatively small amount of money. However, if even one of the legs fails to hit, the entire bet is scored as a loss.

Ways to watch or stream the Chicago Blackhawks in Illinois

There are many ways to watch or stream the Chicago Blackhawks in Illinois, though keep in mind some streaming sites may black out the games at times. On TV, you can find Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN, TNT, and NHL Network (most games will be on NBC Sports Chicago). You can also find games on streaming sites like ESPN+ and Hulu.

Where is the Chicago Blackhawks’ home stadium?

The Chicago Blackhawks’ home stadium is the United Center (1901 West Madison Street) in the Near West Side neighborhood. The Blackhawks share the venue with the Chicago Bulls, something both teams have done since the arena opened in 1994.

How to buy tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks play

You can buy single-game tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks play by purchasing through NHL.com, which uses Ticketmaster for sales. You can also check ticket resale sites like StubHub and SeatGeek. All Blackhawks tickets are mobile-only, so you won’t be able to print off your tickets for entrance.

If you’re looking for season tickets, you can also request information through NHL.com and a member of the ticketing department will contact you to get you set up with tickets or add you to the waitlist. Ticket packages include five-game, 10-game, 20-game, and full-season offers.

Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks are betting partners with FanDuel Sportsbook Illinois, which operates a sports betting lounge in the United Center. The space is currently set up as a non-betting sports bar while waiting to launch its betting kiosks and staffed gambling windows.

Additionally, the NHL has gambling partnership deals with BetMGM and ESPN Bet. While these companies might not have the same access with the Blackhawks as FanDuel, their impact on the team will still be felt because of the league’s partnership.

History of the Chicago Blackhawks

As one of the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises, you probably guessed the Chicago Blackhawks had a rich history. Here are some of the key dates to know from the team’s timeline.

  • 1926: The National Hockey League awards Chicago an expansion franchise. The team would become known as the “Black Hawks,” named after the “Blackhawk Division,” the 86th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War I. Chicago joined the Detroit Cougars (who would later become the Detroit Red Wings) and the New York Rangers as expansion teams.
  • 1930: The Black Hawks begin playing their home games at the new Chicago Stadium after continuous road games during the 1928-29 season due to construction delays.
  • 1931: Chicago reaches the Stanley Cup Final for the first time but loses to the Montreal Canadiens.
  • 1933: The Black Hawks win their first Stanley Cup, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in double overtime to clinch the title.
  • 1938: Despite a 14-25-9 regular season record, Chicago advanced to the Stanley Cup Final where the club defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs. The franchise still holds the record for the lowest regular season win total for a Stanley Cup champion.
  • 1944: Bill Tobin takes over ownership of the Black Hawks after the death of Frederic McLaughlin. Tobin had previously purchased Chicago Stadium and acted as the Hawks’ landlord. Because NHL rules at the time stipulated no person could own two teams in the league, Tobin acted as a puppet for Detroit Red Wings owner James Norris, leading to a series of lopsided trades and a stretch of last-place finishes for Chicago over the next decade (nine times at the bottom of the standings between 1946 and 1957.
  • 1961: Led by star goaltender Glenn Hall and a young core of future Hall of Famers in Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Pierre Pilote, Chicago beat Detroit to capture its third Stanley Cup title.
  • 1963: After the death of Bill Tobin, Arthur Wirtz took over ownership of the team, along with his son Bill Wirtz. Under their ownership, Chicago would not miss the playoffs again until the 1997-98 season.
  • 1967: For the first time in team history, the Black Hawks finished first at the end of the regular season. However, the team lost to Toronto in the Cup semifinals. Following the season, Chicago made one of the most infamous trades in team history, sending Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Gilles Marotte, Pit Martin, and Jack Norris. Martin stuck with the Black Hawks for much of the remainder of his career while Marotte struggled to stay in the NHL and Norris was later traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, Esposito, Hodge, and Stanfield won two Cups with Boston and frequently finished at the top of the standings throughout their careers.
  • 1975: Chicago starts a streak of 16 consecutive playoff losses, spanning from the 1974-75 playoffs to the 1979-80 season. Chicago ended the streak with a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues before being swept in four games by the Buffalo Sabres.
  • 1983: Bill Wirtz takes full ownership of the team after the death of his father Arthur. Over the next two decades, “Dollar Bill” would run the team in notoriously cheap fashion, refusing to allow games to be televised locally unless they were aired by national media. Bill would also be blamed for failing to keep star players around as part of the team, including Dominik Hašek, Ed Belfour, Chris Chelios, and Jeremy Roenick. In 2002, ESPN ranked Bill as the third-greediest owner in all of sports, and in 2004, the Blackhawks were named the worst franchise in sports.
  • 1985: Black Hawks fans began their tradition of cheering during The Star-Spangled Banner during their playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • 1987: Chicago’s original NHL contract was discovered with the team name being spelled as one word, “Blackhawks,” instead of two “Black Hawks.” The team would officially go by the “Chicago Blackhawks” from this point onward.
  • 1991: The Blackhawks win the President’s Trophy for the best regular season record, finishing 49-23-8 overall. However, the team lost in the first round, falling in six games to the Minnesota North Stars.
  • 1994: Chicago moves its home games to the United Center, sharing the space with the Chicago Bulls.
  • 2007: Bill Wirtz passes away after a battle with cancer, leaving his son Rocky to run the team. Rocky ran the team in a much different direction, slashing ticket prices and working TV deals to make games far more accessible to the Chicago fan base. The team also drafted winger Patrick Kane with the first overall pick, pairing him with center Jonathan Toews to form a core that would return the Blackhawks to glory.
  • 2009: Chicago hosts the second NHL Winter Classic, playing the Detroit Red Wings on outdoor ice at Wrigley Field.
  • 2010: The Blackhawks end their 49-year Stanley Cup drought after winning their series with the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. The win marked the start of a dynastic run, as Chicago would add Cup wins in 2013 and 2015 while winning its second President’s Trophy during the 2012-13 season.
  • 2021: Before the start of the season, former Blackhawks forward Kyle Beach alleges he was sexually assaulted in 2010 by Chicago video coach Brad Aldrich. Following the allegations (and later an intensive report into the investigation), many of the team’s coaching and front office staff who were with the Blackhawks in 2010, including general manager Stan Bowman and director of hockey operations Al MacIsaac, resigned from the team. Joel Quenneville, who was coaching the Florida Panthers at the time and coached the 2010 team, resigned from his position as well. Aldrich’s name was removed from the Stanley Cup, and the team was fined $2 million for "inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response in the handling of matters related to former video coach Brad Aldrich's employment."
  • 2023: Chicago wins the draft lottery, moving up two spots to secure the first overall draft selection. The team selected center Connor Bedard, one of the most highly touted prospects of the 21st century.

Yes, it is legal to wager on the Chicago Blackhawks in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Sports Wagering Act into law in June 2019, and the first sportsbooks launched in the state in March 2020.

The easiest ways to wager on the Blackhawks are through various gambling websites and mobile betting apps. FanDuel is a great choice as Chicago’s official betting partner, though ESPN Bet, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, and BetRivers are all quality options as well.