After splitting the first games of this Stanley Cup betting semi-final series in San Jose the hockey odds action now heads to Chicago with the Blackhawks in control of this NHL playoff betting series. The #1 seed Sharks (51-20-11) could not defend home ice at the Sharks Tank and will now be playing catch up in the hostile confines of #2 seed Chicago’s (52-22-8) arena.
So far this has been a classic NHL playoff betting matchup and there would be few arguments from the sports betting world that whichever team wins this series is the most deserving to play in the Stanley Cup betting finals. These two teams have been the best in the West all season long and so it’s only fitting that they meet in the hockey betting conference finals.
It’s hard to say that either team is has established its dominance over this NHL playoff betting series and its shaping up to be a finish to the death. Game was a very close matchup and the 2-1 result could have gone either way. But after Chicago’s 4-2 beat down in Game 2 the Hawks have the upper-hand right now in the hockey betting.
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews continues to play outstanding hockey during the NHL playoff betting action and leads all players with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in 23 games. He is the key to Chicago’s hockey betting success and if this team is going to advance to the Stanley Cup betting finals it will be on his shoulders. The Sharks have to find a way to keep this beast out of the scoring column but easier said than done considering how well he’s playing and how well he sees the ice.
Fortunately the Sharks have one of the best defenses in the NHL betting competition (215 GA in regular season) and have the personnel to make life difficult for Toews. The Sharks are also a very good road team as evidenced by their NHL betting road record, 24-14-3. And they’ll need to be at their best to beat the red hot Hawks in front of their hometown crowd. More likely, the Hawks will win Game 3 at home with another great NHL playoff betting performance by Toews and company. If so, this NHL odds matchup could be over in the not too distant future.