|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NHL Playoffs odds are set for the Stanley Cup Finals in a sportsbook betting repeat of last year’s Cup title series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. NHL Playoffs odds were beaten by the Wings last year in 6 games but this year brings different sportsbook betting dynamics for what should be a thrilling series!
Detroit will have home ice advantage for this series against the NHL Playoffs odds and will host the first two games on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Wings will also host games five and seven if necessary. Both teams have had profitable sportsbook betting runs this post season.
The Red Wings have been the 4th most profitable team against the NHL Playoffs odds and are +$488 based on $100 units this post season. The Penguins ranked slightly ahead as the 3rd most profitable team against the NHL Playoffs odds as they are +$703 this post season.
These two teams are the top offensive teams in the league against the NHL Playoffs odds. Pittsburgh has the top ranked offense this post season with a 3.82 goals per game average while Detroit is right behind as the 2nd highest scoring team in the playoffs with an average of 3.69 goals per game.
Defense is where the potential great divide is for both teams against the NHL Playoffs odds. Detroit has the 2nd best defense against the NHL Playoffs odds as they are allowing just 2.13 goals per game. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, ranked 8th in against the NHL Playoffs odds for defense as they were allowing 2.76 goals per game.
Another area where the Red Wings look to have a strong edge is on the power play as they ranked 3rd in the NHL Playoffs with a 25.7% success rate compared to Pittsburgh, who ranked 7th, with a 19% success rate.
Detroit has beaten the Penguins in 10 out of their last 14 head to head meetings. The teams split their two meetings this year in the regular season. Only 2 of their last 10 matchups have gone over the total.
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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.