All the hockey betting fans were expecting, perhaps even hoping for, for a hard fought back and forth Eastern Conference semifinals matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins in the race to the Stanley Cup betting Finals. But everyone in hockey betting fandom was certain that it would be against the #1 seed Washington Capitals not the Montreal Canadiens.
Yet, here we are headed for a Game 7 tonight in Pittsburgh with the Penguins trying to vanquish the Cinderella #8 seed Habs from the hockey betting action once and for and keep the dreams of a repeat Stanley Cup betting title alive. Much easier said than done as the Habs goalie Jaroslav Halak has been an immoveable wall in the net so far this NHL playoff betting series.
But Halak may no longer be the most important player to the Habs Stanley Cup odds hopes as forward Michael Cammalleri has emerged as an offensive force this hockey betting series. He leads the NHL playoff betting action in goals scoring by an enormous margin (11 goals in 13 games) and has had arguably more impact on this series than Halak. And when you combine that kind of skill in the net and that kind of skill shooting the puck you’ve got a Penguin killing machine and there’s good reason why the Pittsburgh hockey betting fans are nervous.
Still, you have to like the Penguins chances in Game 7 and this will be the team favored by the NHL odds makers. Despite the Habs two potent weapons on each end of the ice the team simply doesn’t have the skill or the depth of the Pens and that will be the difference in this hockey betting series. That and the fact that the Pens have much more Stanley Cup betting experience and with all the marbles on the line Pittsburgh seems less likely to make mistakes.
With Hal Gil on the bench Pens’ superstar Sidney Crosby also seems to have found his touch around the net and if he can get active in the offense Pittsburgh will win this game. Pittsburgh’s goal keeper, Mark Fleury, has also turned in a pretty solid performance in net this hockey betting series and if he can play one more strong game, the Pens will find themselves in an NHL odds battle with the winner of the Bruins/Flyers series.