This year’s Stanley Cup betting finals are finally set. And the matchup looks nothing like what NHL odds makers thought it would look like at the outset of the NHL playoff betting season. There isn’t a single number one seed in the in this hockey betting finale and the highly favored Washington Capitals and the defending Stanley Cup betting champion Pittsburgh Penguins are nowhere in sight.
Instead, hockey betting fans will now get to watch the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup betting finals.
That the Blackhawks made the Stanley Cup betting Finals is hardly a surprise. This team has been among the best in hockey betting for most of the NHL betting season and entered the NHL playoff wagering action as the #2 seed in the West, just 1 point behind the #1 seed San Jose Sharks (113 to 112 points). And in the head to head NHL playoff betting matchup between these two Western Conference heavyweights the Hawks creamed the Sharks, winning 4-0 in their hockey betting series.
The Flyers took a much more circuitous route to the Stanley Cup betting finals upsetting the #2 seed New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL playoff odds action, and then coming back from a 3-0 deficit vs. the Boston Bruins and then taking down the #8 seed Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals betting matchup.
And the reward for the Flyers great hockey betting achievement is a matchup against one of the best teams in the NHL betting. On paper the Blackhawks are a far superior team. Chicago is in fact one of the most well-rounded teams in hockey betting and was on the short list of Stanley Cup betting contenders all year. Captain Jonathan Toews has been the best player in the NHL playoff betting (leads all scorers with 26 points in 16 games) and on defense the Hawks are as stingy as they come.
But nothing the Flyers do should surprise you and for that reason it’s very tough to bet against this team in the NHL odds action. Even though they’re a major underdog and are going to have great difficulty handling the size of the Hawks forwards and penetrating the rat trap defense, you shouldn’t count the Flyers out of the NHL postseason betting just yet.