Who would have thought that the defending Stanley Cup betting champion Pittsburgh Penguins would have been pushed to a Game 7 in their NHL playoff betting series against a scrub team like the #8 seed Montreal Canadiens? Not many people, but those who did, and put their money where their mouth is are now sitting on a sports betting jackpot.
But simply reaching a Game 7 and actually winning it are two completely different things and for the Canadiens truly amazing run in this year’s NHL playoff betting action to continue they’ve got to pull off a major upset in the NHL odds competition and knock off the defending hockey betting champs on their own ice.
Not an easy task by any stretch of the Stanley Cup betting imagination, but if any team can do it the Habs are it. It’s been said over and over and reprinted in every sports betting publication in existence, but Montreal’s goalie, Jaroslav Halak, has been the different in this series and his importance to the outcome of this hockey betting matchup cannot be overstated.
However, the Pens have a superstar of their own –even if he has been hibernating for the most this NHL playoff betting series. NHL betting MVP Sidney Crosby was held scoreless through the first five games of this series but finally came alive in the Game 5 with a goal and an assist. He finally had a few good looks on goal even if the Pens ultimately lost the game.
But for professional scorers like Crosby, sometimes all it takes is a taste of the net to get the jucies flowing and break out of drought. For Pens that’s got to be a positive sign and he must keep it up in Game 7 for the home team to win this game and advance to the next round of the NHL betting. Crosby should have a huge game and make a major impact.
With Pittsburgh’s wealth of experience and depth it’s hard to imagine the Pens losing at home, although stranger things have happened in hockey betting –especially in the wild 2010 NHL playoff betting action.