|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NHL Playoffs odds will bet set for betting online action on game 2 of the NHL eastern conference finals between Carolina and Pittsburgh. NHL Playoffs odds were beaten by Pittsburgh in game 1 as the Penguins paid off those betting online with them in a 3-2 win as the game stayed under the total of 5.5.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the NHL Playoffs odds and held on as the Hurricanes made a late rally but ran out of time. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury got the win as he stopped 23 out of 25 Carolina shots. Cam Ward took the betting online loss for Carolina as he stopped 28 out of 31 shots for Carolina.
Pittsburgh has been the fifth most profitable team against the NHL Playoffs odds so far this post season. Carolina, despite pulling off significant upsets against the NHL Playoffs odds versus New Jersey and Boston, was operating slightly in the red.
The Penguins have the 3rd ranked offense in the NHL post season and that again has been their main strength against the NHL Playoffs odds, just as it was last year when they won the eastern conference title. Carolina’s offense is far more suspect and it ranked only 10th in the NHL playoffs.
Carolina’s strength against the NHL Playoffs odds is their defense, which ranked 3rd in the post season. Ward was 2nd in the NHL for post season wins with 8 and 7th in save percentage with a .926 mark. Ward has been the leading asset for Carolina against the NHL Playoffs odds. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has the top two scorers in the NHL playoffs with centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Crosby had 12 goals and 10 assists while Malkin had 7 goals and 14 assists. A point of concern for Pittsburgh against the NHL Playoffs odds is that they lack scoring depth and there is a significant drop-off from Crosby and Malkin. Eric Staal is Carolina’s leading scorer with 9 goals and 4 assists, which ranked only 14th in the NHL.
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