|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NHL Playoffs odds will be set Saturday for those who bet on sports on a critical game five matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. NHL Playoffs odds have been a challenge to figure for those bet on sports with this series as its been a back and forth affair of two evenly matched teams.
After the Captials took the first two games of this series against the NHL Playoffs odds at home, Pittsburgh rallied with an impressive game three overtime win for those who bet on sports with them. Facing the possibility of an 0-3 deficit in the series the Penguins beat the NHL Playoffs odds with a 3-2 win in front of a raucous sell out home crowd as Kristopher Letang got the overtime winning goal at the 11:23 mark to get the Penguins back into the series.
Game three was a strong effort by the Penguins against the NHL Playoffs odds as they peppered Washington goaltender Simeon Varlamov with 42 shots. Washington only managed 23 shots against Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery. Alexander Ovechkin had another strong game against the NHL Playoffs odds with 1 goal and 1 assist and a plus-2.
Both teams strengths against the NHL Playoffs odds are on offense. Washington was ranked 3rd overall in the NHL for playoff scoring while Pittsburgh was ranked 6th. Defense was the question mark for both teams against the NHL Playoffs odds but Washington has seemed to have solved that problem with the goaltending of Varlamov, who saw only 6 games of action in the regular season. Thanks to the efforts of Varlamov, the Caps have been great against the NHL Playoffs odds on defense ranking 3rd overall in the league. Pittsburgh ranked only 10th on defense for the NHL playoffs and must improve if they are to make hockey’s Final Four.
The Penguins are led by their one-two center combination of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby had 8 goals and 6 assists while Malkin had 5 goals and 7 assists. Ovechkin had 8 goals and 5 assists to lead Washington.
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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.