The Philadelphia Flyers have absolutely no business playing in the Stanley Cup betting finals. This is a team that was little more than mediocre for most of the entire NHL betting season. This is also a team that barely qualified for the NHL Playoff betting action on the last day of the season by winning a shootout against the New York Rangers.
But this is also a team that re-wrote the NHL odds history books by becoming the first NHL team in forty years to come back from a 3-0 deficit in an NHL playoff betting series. It’s also a team that has made hockey betting fans believe anything is possible and it’s a #7 seed that lost a nail-biter of a Stanley Cup betting Game 1 after leading much of the game.
The Flyers may have lost the opening game of the Stanley Cup odds competition but the team also proved to the sports betting world that despite having no chance of beating a superior Chicago squad on paper, on the ice this team can go toe to toe with any team in the hockey betting competition.
And Philadelphia can win this series and hoist the Stanley Cup if they can keep up the frenetic pace of Game 1.
No one expected Game 1 to play out the way it did. The Goalies were a bit suspect heading into the Stanley Cup betting and in the first game of the series we saw why as they combined to give up 11 a mind-numbing 11 goals.
It will be interesting to see who Philly puts in the box for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup betting action but it would seem that Brian Boucher, if healthy, gives them the best chance of winning this series.
Philly must do a better job of defending Hawks players on their own side of the ice and clearing players off the front of the net. In Game 1 of this hockey betting matchup the bigger and more physical Hawks forwards had their way with the Flyers’ defenders.
Expect to see a much more aggressive Flyers team on defense and expect the team to keep on charging hard at the goal on the other end. If the D can tighten up just a bit and win the battle against Chicago’s forwards the Flyers have a good chance of stealing a game on the enemy’s ice and heading back to Philly in control of the Stanley Cup betting momentum.