Stanley Cup Final Preview: Sharks vs Penguins

Who will lift the Stanley Cup Penguins or Sharks?After two fantastic Conference Finals, online betting fans have now our Stanley Cup Final, as the series will start this coming Monday. The Pittsburg Penguins survived the series against the Tampa bay lightning as it went to an epic game 7, while the Sharks managed to put away the St. Louis Blues in 6.  The stage is set and we are in for some exciting hockey action, as the most prestigious trophy on the land awaits a new home. SBG Global Sportsbook has just posted the line and we have our very own exclusive loom into the odds to win big.

The Series Price currently opens up with the following line with the Pittsburg Penguins as the online betting finals:

Sharks          +130 

Penguins       -150

And the odds for the first game also hold the Penguins as the favorites:

Sharks          +1½ (-240)  Total: 5½ (+115)     ML: +135      

Penguins       -1½ (+200)  Total: 5½ (-135)      ML: -155

The Penguins have home ice advantage for the series and that goes to provide them a certain edge for the series. Their front line has tuned up and their rally to top the Lightning was a great display of Hockey. The Sharks, trip to the finals has also been full of wonder, as they first knocked out the LA Kings in 5 games, then they went to seven games to knock out the surprising Predators, and finally they faced the favorite St. Louis Blues and put them away in 6. The Sharks are no longer to be disregarded as underdogs, as their post season run has been amazing, could their path take them to their first Stanley Cup Championship?

These teams are evenly matched, and if you put the stats of their front lines against each other you will see that we are in for some thing special. Pittsburg’s HBK line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel has combined for a total of 45 points, and they carried the team this far and with the blessing of one Shawn Michaels, this line  is looking to crown a marvelous season. The Sharks answer to this line? The TOP line of Thomas Hertl, Joe Thorton (and the manliest beard ever in the history of playoff beards!) and Joe Pavelski, they have combined for 50 points and they are the heart and soul of this San Jose team.

Perhaps the key here would be how the rest of the rosters play for these games. The depth on their lineup can and definitely will have a sizeable impact on the series. Online betting fans might be inclined to consider that the Sharks might not have the star power or HBK’s blessing (someone in SJ should get Brett Hart on the line, stat!), but they are a team of season veterans and battle tested players that could pull a big upset here.

But Pittsburg has proven throughout the playoffs that they are not intimidated or afraid to take the series to the max. Their comeback to eliminate a great team like the Lightning should be a testament to this team’s drive and intensity. Online betting fans, brace yourselves, this is going to be a series to remember.