Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place tonight in Pittsburgh, and the Penguins will be looking to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. The home team has won three of the four games in the series so far, which follows suit with the history of this matchup, as the home team is 15-5 in the last 20 games between the Pens and Sharks.
After being the NHL’s top road team during the regular season, the Sharks are struggling outside of San Jose at the wrong time, going just 2-6 in their last eight road games. The Penguins haven’t been easy to beat in the Steel City lately, as they’ve gone 12-3 over their last 15 home games.
Pittsburgh opened the day as -167 favorites with San Jose coming back at +151. There’s a few odds-related trends working in the Sharks’ favor tonight, as they’ve gone 12-4 in their last 16 games as underdogs and are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven games after losing as a favorite.
If you have a feeling the Sharks can come back to win this series, you’re best off ignoring it. As mentioned in our recent futures update, teams who are up 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final have won the series 30 straight times.