Stanley Cup Playoff Rewarding For Underdog Bettors

All those Washington Capitals bandwagon bettors must be worried after watching the team disintegrate defensively in two games against Montreal. Ditto those San Jose Sharks first-round bettors, who seem fated to lose their money to the underdog Avalanche. Upsets have been the order of the day in the early Stanley Cup odds, but the Capitals remain heavy favorites heading to Montreal tonight. They are -175 at Sportsbook.ag as of Monday morning and they ride the momentum of a Game 2 rally and OT victory.

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Who will Washington put in goal? Jose Theodore or Semyon Varlamov? Both were erratic and both were hung out to dry by a saggy Capital defense. The total opened higher than all other NHL playoff games, with the total at 6. Check the over under odds at Bovada to see if the under or over is the favored position. In Boston, some experts predicted the Bruins might not score a goal in the entire series against Buffalo. But they split in Buffalo and now are favored at -140 at home, in part based on Ryan Miller’s shaky Game 2. The total is set at 5. Vancouver hits the road for LA looking to reclaim home-ice advantage after the Kings won Game 2 in OT. Check the {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/NHL/Odds}Stanley Cup Odds comparisons {/URL} here at OddsShark.com as some sportsbooks have the Kings favored while the Canucks are favored slightly at others (they are 5-3 in their past 8 trips here).

The other series resume Tuesday and the Flyers look to go up 3-1 against the favored Devils. Series odds were heavily in favor of New Jersey but the Flyers had their number all season and now have won two of three in the playoffs. Expect Philly to open as small home chalk. Phoenix represents another upset in the making as they lead Detroit 2-1 and aim for a 3-1 lead Tuesday. Expect the Desert Dogs to be underdogs, but they have packed a fierce bite so far. Pittsburgh leads Ottawa 2-1 after falling in Game 1.

Ottawa continues to play hard and well but the individual skill of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin has been the difference. And Chicago shut out Nashville in Game 2 to even that series. They will be favored in Game 3 against the Predators, but by how much? The UNDER has been the play so far.

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