|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NHL Finals odds have been beaten by the home team in the first 6 games of this NHL Stanley Cup Championship sports betting series. NHL Finals odds opened with home standing Detroit as a -170 sports betting chalk for Friday’s climatic 7th game with Pittsburgh.
In this head to head series the favorite has beaten the sports betting line in 13 out of the last 16 meetings and the Penguins have won just 2 out of their last 9 trips to Detroit. Pittsburgh does have things going for it against the NHL Finals odds, however, as they have been one of the hottest teams on the board with a mark of 36-17 in their last 53 games. And they have two superstars that are way past due to break loose for the 2009 Stanley Cup.
Pittsburgh centers Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have one last chance at redemption against the NHL Finals odds. If they come up big in game 7 and lead Pittsburgh to victory against the NHL Finals odds then that is all anyone will remember and they will be heroes for life. But if they continue to come up empty against the NHL Finals odds it will be a long off season for them and the entire Penguin organization.
Malkin has 2 goals and 5 assists so far against the NHL Finals odds. He is the leading scorer in the NHL Playoffs with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points. But his production against the NHL Finals odds has not kept pace with his previous performance and he has been kept off the scoreboard in the last 2 games.
Crosby is the 2nd leading scorer in the NHL playoffs this year with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points. Crosby has had it even tougher against the NHL Finals odds, however, as he has just 1 goal and 2 assists. Scoring depth is a problem for Pittsburgh as after their “dynamic duo” the drop-off is significant as the next highest scorer has only 14 points.
Compare that to Detroit, who has 9 players with at least 10 points and far greater depth in the lineup. This scoring depth combined with the Red Wings superior defense is what makes them the heavy favorite in game 7.
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.