Stanley Cup Finals Odds and Picks - San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday, May 27th, 2016By Tom Wilkinson
Stanley Cup Finals Odds: The 2016 Stanley Cup Finals begin on Monday, May 30th as the San Jose Sharks visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the first-ever appearance in the Finals for the Sharks while the Penguins will be playing for the title for the first time since 2009. It is a matchup between two high-powered offenses as the Penguins were third in the NHL in goals scored this season while the Sharks were fourth. The Penguins are a slight favorite and they will have home ice advantage in this best-of-seven series.
Here is a look at the matchup, Stanley Cup Finals odds, schedule and Stanley Cup Finals picks.
San Jose Sharks +130
Pittsburgh Penguins -150
Sharks Great on the Road
The home ice advantage may not mean a whole lot in this series considering the Sharks were the best road team in the NHL this season with 28 wins and just 13 losses. San Jose has already proven they can win on the road in the playoffs as they won in Los Angeles and in St. Louis. The Sharks have a potent offense led by Joe Pavelski that scores 2.9 goals per game. The defense is solid and goaltender Martin Jones has been excellent as the Sharks allow 2.5 goals per game. The difference in this series could be the potent San Jose power play that has been excellent so far in the playoffs. The last three San Jose games have gone over the total in the playoffs and six of the last ten have gone over.
Rookie Goaltender Leading the Penguins
The Penguins are in the Stanley Cup Finals once again due in large part to the play of rookie goaltender Matt Murray. He has been outstanding for the Penguins in place of starter Marc-Andre Fleury. In fact, if not for Murray’s great play the Penguin would not have gotten past either Washington or Tampa Bay. The Penguins are known for their offense with players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the team does score about 2.9 goals per game but they allow just 2.4 goals per contest. Pittsburgh has won four of their past six home games but all were one-goal games and four went into overtime.
Series Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Game 1 - Monday, May 30: San Jose at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Game 2 - Wednesday, June 1: San Jose at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Game 3 - Saturday, June 4: Pittsburgh at San Jose, 8 p.m.
Game 4 - Monday, June 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose, 8 p.m.
*Game 5 - Thursday, June 9: San Jose at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
*Game 6 - Sunday, June 12: Pittsburgh at San Jose, 8 p.m.
*Game 7 - Wednesday, June 15: San Jose at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
This will be the second time San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer will coaching in the Stanley Cup Finals as he got there in 2012 with New Jersey when the Devils lost to the Kings in six games. This will be the first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Sharks and the fifth trip for the Penguins but their first since 2009. San Jose’s Joe Pavelski leads all players in post season scoring with 13 goals and he is second behind teammate Logan Couture in points with 22. Phil Kessel leads all Pittsburgh players with 18 points.
The teams split their two meetings this season with each team winning on the road. The Sharks won 3-1 in Pittsburgh while the Penguins won 5-1 in San Jose. The Sharks are 17-5-1 in the last 23 meetings against the Penguins. The Sharks are 12-5 in their last 17 road games. The Penguins are 23-7 in their last 30 home games. The Over is 8-3-4 in the Sharks last 15 overall. The Over is 20-7-7 in the Penguins last 34 home games. The Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
I will take the Sharks to win this series in six or seven games.
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