Update: Game 2 Preview
There was very little between the two teams, but the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to take a 1-0 series win with a narrow 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
The Sharks were arguably the better team for the majority of the game, but a poor start saw them give away an early lead and they were never able to get themselves back into the game.
San Jose will have every chance to bounce back to equal the series in game 2 as they have won 18 of their past 30 games as away underdogs for a very tidy profit.
It was in the powerplay that Pittsburgh thrived in the opening game of the series, but of San Jose are more discipline they will have every possible chance to return to winning form.
Recommended Bet: Back The San Jose Sharks To Win @ $2.15
The 2016 Stanley Cup Finals get underway tomorrow and we are extremely close to the the conclusion of what has been an extremely exciting season in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks secured their place in the Stanley Cup Finals with a victory over the St Louis Blues in the sixth game of their series last Thursday afternoon, while the Pittsburgh Penguins required seven games to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a truly remarkable series.
Can the San Jose Sharks claim their first ever Stanley Cup or will the Penguins claimed their fourth crown? I have analysed both teams closely and have come up with the best 2016 Stanley Cup Finals betting plays.
How They Got There
The San Jose Sharks only stuck in to the 2016 NHL Playoffs as the third seed from the Pacific Division, but they were able to beat divisional rivals Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.
They required seven games to defeat the Nashville Predators and they secured a Stanley Cup berth with a 4-2 series win over the St Lois Blues.
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished in second behind the Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division and they scored a comfortable 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs before they upset the Capitals in six games.
They were underdogs again against Tampa Bay in the Conference Finals and they came back from 3-2 to earn a place in the Stanley Cup.
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins met on two occasions during the 2015/2016 NHL season.
The Sharks won their first meeting 3-1, but the Penguins were dominant in their second game and scored an impressive 5-1 victory.
San Jose have generally had the upper hand over their rivals in recent years and they have won 18 of the past 30 games played between the two sides, including 15 of their past 20.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are $1.71 favourites to win the Stanley Cup, while the Sharks are priced at $2.22 to record their first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history
There is very little between these teams in the majority of key metrics and they have both proven to be profitable betting teams this season, but there is one factor that does give the edge to the Penguins.
This is the seventh time in the past 15 seasons that a side has gone into the Stanley Cup after winning their Conference Finals Series in seven games, while their opposition progressed without playing the maximum amount of games.
In the previous six seasons in which this has occurred – starting with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002 – the team that won their Conference Finals in seven games has gone on to win the Stanley Cup and this is a factor that definitely advantages the Sharks.
I expect this series to go the distance and the $2.95 for the series to go to seven games as well as the $4.75 on offer for the Pittsburgh Penguins to win in seven games are both good bets.
Recommended Bets: Back The Pittsburgh Penguins To Win 4-3 @ $4.75 and Seven Series Total Games @ $2.95