With round one of the race to the Stanley Cup betting officially closed there is a lot of to ponder as hockey betting fans sort through the aftermath of the first round NHL betting results. But one point that sports betting fans won’t have to ponder for long is that the Detroit Red Wings look like a very tough out in the NHL playoff hockey betting and the San Jose Sharks are going to have to play some of their best hockey yet to get past this team.
The Wings qualified for the NHL playoff betting as the #5 seed in the West with 102 points (44-24-14), finishing second in the Central Division behind the rival Chicago Blackhawks. Injuries to star players limited the team throughout the course of the NHL regular season betting action and it wasn’t until the last few weeks of the season that the defending Western Conference champs were finally healthy.
The Sharks on the other hand dominated from day one in the NHL betting action. They easily won the not only the Pacific Division betting title but also claimed the #1 seed by posting the best record in the Western Conference (113 points, 51-20-11). The Sharks also had little trouble disposing of the Colorado Avalanche in round one of the Stanley Cup betting action.
However there are two hockey betting factors conspiring against the Sharks and the Wings could very easily take Game one in this stepping stone to the Stanley Cup betting title.
With a relatively easy win over Colorado the Sharks have had a long layoff from the hockey betting action and could come back to ice a bit rusty. The other factor that makes this a difficult contest of Western Conference champs is the fact that Red Wings are playing as well as any team in the NHL playoff betting right now and they have a heap of Stanley Cup betting experience.
Veteran players and Cup winners like Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and others will be more than a handful for the Sharks. As demonstrated in the Wings Game 7 blowout of the Coyotes in the first round of the NHL playoff betting, this squad is getting better with each game and should win Game One in San Jose.