Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Chances December 2023: Tracking the Blackhawks Playoff Picture

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Key Takeaways:

  • The Blackhawks are listed at +5500 to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2023, according to FanDuel, giving them a 1.8% chance based on implied probability.
  • Chicago is +50000 to win the 2023 Stanley Cup, the second-longest odds in the NHL.
  • The team has the least amount of points (15) in the league entering mid-December.
Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs Chances

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the midst of a four-game homestand following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators in the opener on Dec. 5, extending their current skid to four. They will try to avoid tying their longest losing streak of the season (five games) on Dec. 7 against the Anaheim Ducks but have won just two of their last 12 games as of Dec. 6. In other words, they are exactly where many thought they would be at this point of the season, tied for the least wins (seven) with the lowest number of points (15). However, the San Jose Sharks (16 points) had played two more games too.

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What Are the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Chances?

Chicago's chances to win the Stanley Cup in Connor Bedard's rookie campaign are miniscule no matter how much individual success he enjoys in his first year. Hockey is one of the most difficult sports to make an immediate impact in, and many of the all-time greats did not play for instant Stanley Cup contenders, so it will obviously take some time for him and the Blackhawks to become a playoff team.

While the Stanley Cup might be out of reach, you can still bet on Connor Bedard's Calder Trophy Odds.

βœ… Blackhawks Playoff Chances1.8%
❌ Blackhawks Miss Playoffs98.2%
πŸ† Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup0.2%
πŸ₯‡ Blackhawks Win Western Conf.0.4%
πŸ“… Latest NewsCorey Perry put on unconditional waivers
πŸ“ Last Verified:December 8, 2023

Chicago's odds have tanked all the way around based on the team's recent play, and that does not figure to change anytime soon. While other teams have gotten into a groove and/or hit their stride a couple of months into the season, the Blackhawks continue to fight for wins and often end up losing instead. That is something to be expected from a young team led by an 18-year-old phenom in Bedard.

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Do the Blackhawks have a Chance to Win the Stanley Cup?

Mathematically, Chicago has the smallest chance to hoist The Cup of any NHL team. The odds are against the Blackhawks based on their current overall roster no matter how well Bedard plays in his rookie year.

Blackhawks Week-by-Week Stanley Cup Chances

As you can see below, Chicago's chances have shrunk since splitting its first four games. In the next section, you can find out what has happened to the team that has changed its outlook dramatically.

πŸ“‰ Oct. 260.7%
πŸ“‰ Nov. 30.5%
πŸ“‰ Nov. 280.3%
πŸ“‰Dec. 60.2%

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff Chances: Key Updates December 2023

Here is a timeline of important events that have impacted the Chicago Blackhawks playoff chances this season:

  • πŸ“… Nov. 28: After an internal investigation, the Blackhawks have placed Corey Perry on unconditional waivers. Assuming Perry clears waivers, his contract will be terminated.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 25: The Blackhawks announce that Corey Perry has taken a leave of absence and will remain away from the team for the foreseeable future. No further details were provided.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 23: The Blackhawks announce that Taylor Hall will undergo season-ending ACL surgery on his right knee. Hall ended his first year in Chicago with four points (two goals and two assists).
  • πŸ“… Oct. 28, 2023: The Blackhawks put rookie defenseman Alex Vlasic in concussion protocol.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 24, 2023: The Blackhawks put winger Taylor Hall on IR with a shoulder injury.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 22, 2023: The Blackhawks activate C Colton Dach from non-roster injured reserve and assign him to Rockford (AHL).
  • πŸ“… Oct. 10, 2023: Bedard gets one assist in his NHL debut, a 4-2 Chicago victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • πŸ“… Sept. 2023: NHL betting sites list Bedard as the favorite to win the Calder Trophy in 2023-24.
  • πŸ“… June 29, 2023: The Blackhawks acquire former Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry from Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick.
  • πŸ“… June 28, 2023: The Blackhawks select center Connor Bedard with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
  • πŸ“… Feb. 28, 2023: Three-time Stanley Cup champion and 2015-16 MVP Patrick Kane is traded to the New York Rangers.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 31, 2022: FanDuel Illinois announces a partnership with the United Center, where the Blackhawks play home games, to open a sportsbook lounge inside the arena.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 15, 2021: City Council approves an ordinance to allow regulated sports betting in Chicago, including wagers on the Blackhawks.

Chicago ended November by bidding adieu to the team's top two veteran offseason additions made to aid in Bedard's transition to the NHL, as Corey Perry was let go and Taylor Hall underwent knee surgery. Where the Blackhawks go from here to support Bedard and their efforts to improve the roster is unknown. They are currently struggling through a four-game losing streak with no help on the way.

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Chicago Blackhawks Schedule and Betting Lines

Here's a look at the Blackhawks upcoming schedule heading in to December.

πŸ“… Nov. 28βœ… W 4-3 vs. SEA
πŸ“… Nov. 30❌ L 5-1 @ DET
πŸ“… Dec. 2❌ L 3-1 @ WPG
πŸ“… Dec. 3❌ L 4-1 @ MIN
πŸ“… Dec. 5❌ L 4-3 (SO) vs. NSH
πŸ“… Dec. 7vs. Anaheim Ducks
πŸ“… Dec. 9vs. St. Louis Blues
πŸ“… Dec. 10vs. Washington Capitals
πŸ“… Dec. 12@ Edmonton Oilers
πŸ“… Dec. 14@ Seattle Kraken
πŸ“… Dec. 17vs. Vancouver Canucks
πŸ“… Dec. 19vs. Colorado Avalanche
πŸ“… Dec. 22vs. Montreal Canadiens
βœ… Last Verified:December 8, 2023

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Key Contributors Toward Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Chances

The Blackhawks have several young players and a few veterans who are looking to become key contributors this season, but none more important than the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Connor Bedard odds to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie player have already dropped down to -300, doubling his chances to take home the award since the start of the season.

Other than Bedard, there are a number of veterans on the team who will likely step up at different points to fill the roles of the departed Perry and Hall. Those include centers Philipp Kurashev, Jason Dickinson and Ryan Donato, winger Nick Foligno and defenseman Seth Jones. In addition, another defenseman viewed as a cornerstone of the franchise is fellow rookie Kevin Korchinski, who was Chicago's first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, going seventh overall out of Saskatoon.

Where Can I Bet on the Blackhawks to Win the Stanley Cup?

You can bet on the Blackhawks to win their first Stanley Cup since 2015 at major Illinois sports betting sites such as DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, Caesars, Tipico, PointsBet and others.

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Right now at DraftKings, the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup odds are +20000.

Looking Ahead: Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs Picture

The odds are definitely against Chicago (+5500) making the playoffs, as only San Jose has (+10000) worse odds at this point. In fact, the team's odds have only gotten worse as the season has progressed, and nothing can really change that outside of a long winning streak. That seems like a near impossibility considering the Blackhawks had failed to win consecutive games this season as of Dec. 6.

Where Do the Blackhawks Rank in the Western Conference Playoff Picture?

Chicago had the least amount of points in the NHL as of Dec. 6 with 15, although San Jose (16) had played two more games. Just one other team in the league had less than 20 points, the Edmonton Oilers (19), who had surprised most by underperforming greatly through the first two months of the season. The Oilers have already started playing better lately though since firing their head coach, so it will likely be a battle between the Blackhawks and Sharks all season to avoid the basement in the West.

Where Do the Blackhawks Rank in the Central Division?

Chicago is the worst team in the Central Division, and that is unlikely change anytime soon. The Minnesota Wild were riding a four-game winning streak since firing their head coach as of Dec. 6, distancing themselves from the Blackhawks in seventh place of the eight teams in the division.

Where Do the Chicago Blackhawks Rank to Win the 2024 Stanley Cup?

Chicago is tied with San Jose for the worst odds to win the Stanley Cup at +50000 with a 0.2% chance. The Blackhawks previously had the third-worst odds, but the Sharks (previously +10000) and Columbus Blue Jackets (+25000) have played better lately to improve their odds slightly since the last update.

Blackhawks Playoff Picture Outlook & Postseason Predictions

The Blackhawks got off to a better than expected start at 2-2, and they have won only five games since Oct. 16. While Bedard is viewed as a franchise savior, he cannot improve this team overnight. He will continue to grow and improve, but he needs a lot more help in order to make this team a playoff contender. Now without veteran leaders in Perry and Hall, others need to step up and help him.

The best-case scenario is that Chicago wins one out of every four games or so and maybe puts a winning streak together at some point. Those are low but realistic expectations for a storied Original Six franchise rebuilding around a young star. If that sounds familiar, go back in time to 2006 when the Blackhawks selected former captain Jonathan Toews third overall in the draft. Then a year later, they picked Patrick Kane first overall, and the duo proceeded to win three Stanley Cups over the next decade. However, their first few years involved a lot of losing, and the same can be expected here.

Who to Root for if You’re a Chicago Blackhawks Fan?

The NHL's most dedicated fans will want to root for the team to play well at times but remain in the hunt for another top lottery pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. As a Chicago fan, you want the team to put itself in a similar position to draft another top prospect to complement Bedard and form another Toews-Kane combination. The Blackhawks were very fortunate to win the draft lottery last year, but they could be even worse this year and have a better chance to repeat even though the odds are against that happening. You also want to see Bedard enjoy some early success and hit some milestones en route to winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. It will be a season of a few ups and mostly downs, and all you can really hope for is improvement.

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Matty Simo is a Las Vegas-based writer who has resided there for more than 20 years and covered sports since the age of 16 in suburban Chicago. "Vegas Matty" (as he is known in Sin City) has been involved in the sports gambling scene since graduating from Syracuse University, writing betting articles and helping grow Vegas football contests through his popular proxy service. He is an avid fan of the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Raiders and Las Vegas Aces, adopting them as his favorite teams upon their arrival.

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