The 2010 NHL playoff betting season didn’t exactly get off to the start that the Pittsburgh Penguins had hoped for after grabbing another win in Game 3 and taking a 2-1 lead in the series the defending Stanley Cup betting champs look like they’re back on track to hoisting another title.
The NHL playoff betting has been nuts so far this season and being the NHL odds favorite this post season seems to actually put you at a disadvantage if you look around at the early hockey betting results. The Pens (48-27-7) are actually only one of three higher-seeds in the NHL playoff betting action to lead their respective series. All the other higher seeded NHL odds favorites like the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and others are trailing teams that finished the regular NHL betting season with worse records.
But in the playoffs whatever happened in the NHL betting regular season can be thrown out the window as the NHL betting playoffs are a whole new ball of wax. The Pens learned this the hard way after dropping game of this NHL playoff betting series. But the defending Stanley Cup betting champs have bounced back with aplomb and now appear to be firing on all cylinders.
NHL MVP Sid the Kid has an assist and game winning goal in Game 3 and line mate Egevni Malkin had goal. When these two are playing well this team is a nightmare for NHL betting opponents. Still, the Senators (44-32-6) have put up a huge effort against the Stanley Cup betting champs so far and Game 3 was a hard fought victory of Pittsburgh as the game went to OT and the Pens had to rely on a late Crosby goal to seal the deal.
Pittsburgh needs two more wins to wrap up this series including one more on the road in Ottawa and one more at home in Pittsburgh. This seems very likely to happen as the Pens simply have too much talent and too much experience for the Sens to overcome.
However, the one are of concern for the Pens is the awful play of Goalie Mark Fluery so far in the NHL playoff betting. He’s let in far too many goals and put the pressure on Crosby & Co. to have to continually score in order to win a NHL playoff betting series.