The Montreal Canadiens just pulled off one of the most exciting and unpredictable Round One upsets in the Stanley Cup betting history and as a reward for their tremendous effort: they get to travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Stanley Cup betting champion Penguins. Enjoy your prize!
Game One of this Round Two hockey betting matchup gets underway on Friday April 30th in Pittsburgh. And for all intents and purposes the NHL odds do not favor Canadiens even if Jaroslav Halak in goal.
The Penguins, winners of the 2009 Stanley Cup odds competition, had a bit of a rough NHL regular season and qualified a disappointingly enough as the #4 seed in the NHL playoff betting action. But relatively low seeding is deceiving as the Pens finished the regular season with the third highest point total (101 points) and came within two point of winning the Atlantic Division (New Jersey was champ with 103 points).
Fortunately for the Pens, it doesn’t matter where you qualify for the NHL postseason betting action so long as you qualify. As hockey betting fans will note, the Caps #1 seed didn’t help them out too much in Round One of the playoff betting action.
The Pens defeated a sassy Senators team in 6 games and although they struggled at times on defense, looked pretty good on the way to their opening series victory in the NHL playoff betting. Sidney Crosby has been en fuego in the playoff hockey betting leading all scorers with 12 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in just six games. His teammates Egevni Malkin has also chipped in 8 points and the two make a near unstoppable duo, just as they did last season in the run up to the Stanley Cup odds competition. They will also be the main reason why the Pens win not only Game 1 on Friday but the entire second round NHL playoff betting series.
Halak has been the best player in the NHL playoff odds action so far and he single-handedly defeated the best team in hockey in Round One. But his team will come up short in this series as the Pens assault on goal will be too much for even the great Halak to stop.