|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 08 June 2009 08:47|
NHL Finals odds are now firmly in favor of the Detroit Red Wings after their game 5 sports betting blowout win at home over Pittsburgh by a score of 5-0. NHL Finals odds may favor the Penguins for game 6 but the Red Wings are definitely the sports betting chalk to take the cup as they would host a 7th game at home on Friday if needed.
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood has continued to excel against the NHL Finals odds as he posted the shutout Saturday night turning aside 22 shots. The home team has won all 5 of the sports betting matchups in this series so far and Pittsburgh will try and maintain that streak Tuesday in game 6 or forfeit the 2009 Stanley Cup to Detroit.
The Detroit Red Wings are the top offensive team in the post season against the NHL Finals odds with an average of 3.52 goals per game. The Pittsburgh Penguins are right behind them against the NHL Finals odds and rank 2nd with 3.41 goals per game. The big difference between these two teams against the NHL Finals odds is defense. Detroit has the 2nd ranked defense in the NHL post season with a 2.10 goals against average while Pittsburgh ranks 9th with a 2.82 goals against average.
The other major advantage that Detroit has versus Pittsburgh against the NHL Finals odds is better scoring depth. Pittsburgh basically is a one-two punch with centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin while Detroit has a solid lineup from top to bottom that can score against the NHL Finals odds.
Crosby is the leading goal scorer in the playoffs with 15 but has scored only 1 goal so far against the NHL Finals odds. Malkin is right behind him with 14 goals in the playoffs. Malkin leads the NHL playoffs in assists with 21 while Crosby has 16 helpers so far.
Osgood is the leading contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. His Saturday shutout was the second that he has posted in the playoffs this year.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.