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NHL Finals odds may focus on the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins but it is equally important to also focus on the key players that will decide this sports betting series. NHL Finals odds will favor Detroit and there are many solid reasons and sports betting commodities for their status as the chalk.

Goaltender Chris Osgood is a significant reason for Detroit’s success and listing on the NHL Finals odds board.  He has had such a good sports betting post season that he is a strong candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL sportsbook betting playoffs.

The 36 year old Osgood, like fine wine, seems to be getting better with age.  He had a 14-5 won loss record with a 2.00 goals against average and a save percentage of .927 with 1 shutout, making him one of the major assets for the Red Wings against the NHL Finals odds.  Osgood has gotten better as the Wings got closer to the NHL Finals odds.  In the western conference semi finals against Anaheim he had a save percentage of .912 and a 2.22 goals against average.  Against Chicago in the next round for the right to play for the NHL Finals odds Osgood had a 2.06 goals against average and a save percentage of .932.

Another key asset for Detroit against the NHL Finals odds is left winger Johan Franzen, who led the Wings in playoff scoring with 12 goals and 10 assists.  The 29 year old Swede scored 34 goals in the regular season and was instrumental in Detroit’s series win over Anaheim with 6 goals.

Centerman Henrik Zetterberg is another important key against the NHL Finals odds.  He had 10 goals and 11 assists in the post season and scored 3 goals against Chicago in the western conference finals.  The 28 year old Zetterberg is yet another talented Swede.

There may be no more important Swede/Red Wing against the NHL Finals odds than defenseman Niklas Lidstrom. Lidstrom had 4 goals and 9 assists in post season but his key duty is protecting Osgood and he is the main reason that the goaltender has such stellar numbers.

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.

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