The upstart Philadelphia Flyers rushed flying out of the gate knocking in three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, sending a signal to the Chicago Blackhawks on their home ice and letting the Stanley Cup odds makers know that they meant business.
The mad goal scoring pace of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup betting is unlikely to be matched in Game 2 but we could still see plenty of goals. The Hawks Game 1 hockey 6-5 hockey betting victory, in the words of the great Steve Martin, was one “wild and crazy” NHL betting game. Game 2 should be much more subdued, but unless the team’s can figure out how to give their journeyman goalies a bit better support it might just be another high scoring affair.
Both of these squads have terrific talent upfront and so it’s not all that surprising that the puck found its way to the net in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup betting. However, 11 goals is a lot by any standard.
Philly’s Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell were superb handing out 2 assists and a goal apiece in the hockey betting matchup and NHL betting veteran Chris Pronger also had a fine game. Chicago’s defense has got to do a better job keeping a stick on these players and peeling them away from the front of the box in Game 2.
Chicago also had a great night from its Stanley Cup betting veteran Marion Hossa who pitched in two assists on both Troy Brouwer goals.
It’s hard to know what to expect in Game 2 but the Hawks have to be favored in this Stanley Cup odds contest as well considering that they still have home ice advantage. Also, Chicago’s captain and leading goal scorer in the NHL playoff betting action, Jonathon Toews (26 points) had little if any impact on the Game 1 NHL betting action. Expect him to bounce back and have a big impact on the Game 2 hockey betting action and give the Hawks a big boost.