The first round of the Stanley Cup odds action is always interesting but it never seems much more than a slight distraction before the main course of the hockey betting is served up. The first round of the Stanley Cup betting is actually little more than an appetizer, a warm up competition to weed out the pretenders and separate the NHL playoff betting contenders.
This year, against the better judgment of many hockey betting experts Round 1 was actually awfully entertaining with an entire host of NHL Playoff betting upsets taking place and the Stanley Cup betting field weeded down to just 8 teams.
In the second round of the Stanley Cup odds competition, the remaining teams have turned it up a notch and every series has turned into a hockey betting battle to the death. In fact, there are only two series in the second round of the Stanley Cup betting competition that aren’t tied right now.
One of them is the Boston-Philly series in which Boston holds a 2-0 lead as the series heads to Philly. This entire series is a surprise as both teams were lower seeds in the opening round of the Stanley Cup odds competition but dispatched with their higher seeded opponents and pulled off Round One upsets. And it would strange for a team as feisty as the Flyers to get knocked out of the Stanley Cup odds contest without a fight. Look for the Flyers to even the series at home.
The other game in the East has been hockey betting fan’s delight as the best keeper in the Stanley Cup betting action, Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak has tried to keep the Penguin’s high flying offense and NHL betting MVP Sidney Crosby at bay. This series is tied 1-1 but the Pens are the better team and should advance to the next round of the NHL playoff betting action.
In the West there are two very compelling hockey betting matchups. The Sharks lead the Wings 2-0 right now and have looked very strong, but the series goes back to Detroit and the Hockeytown USA fans should give the Wings enough boost to even the NHL betting series at two all at home.
The other Western Conference series between the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks has been a barnburner with the teams splitting the first two games and what happens when the NHL playoff betting series moves to Chicago is anybody’s guess.