NHL Betting: Will the Penguins Win the Stanley Cup Finals Tonight?Published June 9, 2016 by Sol FH
The Sharks vs Penguins in all-important Game 5 tonight at 1:05 GMT.
It has been all Penguins this series, except for one overtime victory by the San Jose Sharks. Pittsburgh is on their way to their fourth Stanley Cup. They are the faster, stronger and better team, led by Sidney Crosby, whom took the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup in the 2008/09 regular season. They could lock it all up tonight and hoist the trophy at home in front of a capacity crowd, unless the Sharks can start to bite.
In Game 4, the Penguins beat the Sharks 3-1, which was the first time this series that a game was one by a deficit of more than one goal. Despite a late surge by the Sharks in the third period, while the game was still 2-1, the Penguins put the nail in the coffin by way of a goal from Eric Fehr in the last two minutes of play. The Penguins are winning games because they get the early advantage, but the Sharks are able to play on the same level and they will need to start soon.
Many of the Penguins have never been in a situation like this before. The only remaining players from their Stanley Cup victory in 2009 are Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz, Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby. Having such talented veteran players on the ice will help the younger roster, but the Sharks will undoubtedly pressure every line that the Penguins put on the ice tonight.
Penguins Slight Favorites in the Odds
The odds race for tonight's game was won by the Penguins, as bet365 Sports has them out in front at 1.43, while the Sharks aren't too far behind at 2.90. bet365 Sports will be offering live streaming of the game and live in-play odds for punters to bet interactively throughout the game, which is a chance for lucrative winnings throughout all three periods of NHL action.