NHL Eastern Conference Finals Betting Prediction
Over the years, when it has come time to pick a team to win the Stanley Cup, or at least make a deep run, the smart move has been to steer clear of the President’s Trophy winner in favor of the team that enters the postseason on the hottest run of form. As the regular season drew to a close, there was no team hotter than the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they have carried that momentum over into the playoffs. They booked their ticket to the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-2 series win over the Washington Capitals, who become yet another team to finish their year with nothing to show for it but the best regular season record. The Penguins will face a Tampa Bay Lightning team that has to be considered a little bit of a surprise. When they are at full strength, the Bolts are among the best in the NHL, but they have been hammered by injuries, which is why it is so surprising that they have made it this far. This has all the makings of a high-scoring series that is sure to be fun to watch, and you can wager on all the games in the series by visiting the NHL odds betting page at MyBookie online sportsbook.
An Inside Look at the NHL Eastern Conference Finals Betting Prediction
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Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins?
The Penguins have come an awful long way since making a coaching change in the early part of the season. They went from a team that couldn’t buy a goal to become one of the top scoring squads in the NHL. They put on a pretty impressive offensive display against the New York Rangers in the opening round, scoring 21 goals in the 5 games played. Pittsburgh showed that they can play well at both ends of the ice in the series with the Capitals, as most of the games in that one was of the low scoring variety. Pittsburgh are going to welcome a little time off before the series starts, as they had 3 of their 6 games against Washington go into OT. That’s a lot of hockey in a short period of time. The Pens will have home ice advantage in the Conference Final, which is good news for a team that has won 5 of 6 at home in the postseason.
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning?
Not only have the Lightning made it to the Eastern Conference Final without their top scorer playing, they have done so with relative ease. They took out the Detroit Red Wings in 5 games in the opening round, and then delivered the same fate to the New York Islanders in Round 2. Word is that Steven Stamkos will be back for the Conference Finals, as will Anton Stralman. While this is sure to give the Bolts a bit of a boost, you have to wonder how it will upset the balance created during the absence of those two key players. Stamkos is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, so is he going to be going all out to raise his value, or is he going to try and avoid any further injuries. Time will tell.
Expert Betting Pick and Series Prediction
The Tampa Bay Lightning swept the season series against the Penguins this year, but the playoffs are a different kettle of fish. The Penguins have looked great for a couple of months now, and are almost at that unstoppable point.
Penguins in 6.