San Jose vs Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Odds Guide
It’s Memorial Day in the USA, and nothing says a Monday holiday quite like a packed sports schedule. There is a ton of great action on tap today, but the very best may well be reserved for later in the evening, with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins on the calendar. It’s something of an unexpected final, if truth be told, but it’s also one that fans of attacking hockey are sure to be delighted about. Both of these teams were in the top 5 in goals scored average during the regular season, so don’t be surprised if we see a few of these games turn into old-fashioned shootouts. It is the Penguins who come into the final as the slight NHL betting lines favorites, but as the regular season series between these two proves, there looks to be very little between them. Keep up with all the live odds for the final series at MyBookie.ag.
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How To Bet the Sharks vs Penguins Stanley Cup Game 1 Odds. TV & Game Info
Why bet on the San Jose Sharks
It has been an impressive run to the playoffs for San Jose, but it’s also fair to say that this may be the toughest match-up yet for them. They opened things up with a very impressive win against the LA Kings in 5 games, followed by a 7-game thriller against the Nashville Predators. They advanced to the Stanley Cup Final by beating the St. Louis Blues in 6, and have an overall road record of 5-3 through this playoff run. The Sharks did also win their only other trip to Pittsburgh this season, but it does have to be said that the win came at a point before the Penguins became the team that they are right now. The Sharks can score goals, and they are going to have to if they hope to go one better than the Pens offense.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
I’ve always said that the team that finished the season on a hot roll is the one that has a chance to roar through the playoffs. There was no team hotter than the Pens at the end of the regular season, and they have not slowed down to this point. The impressively beat the New York Rangers in 5, and then disposed of the favorites to win it all, the Washington Capitals in 6. Pittsburgh did dig a little hole for themselves in the Eastern Conference Final, but came back from 3 game to 2 down to win the series in 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Pens have been an impressive 7-3 on home ice through the playoffs.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It’s always good to get any series started with a win, and the betting lines would suggest that the Penguins are the favorites to do that on home ice. I have to agree, and I’m taking them to win in a close one.
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