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Stanley Cup: Penguins on a Roll at Home

Sharks Penguins Stanley Cup Final

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final goes down tonight in Pittsburgh and the Penguins will not only look to go up 2-0 in the series, they’ll also attempt to continue a run that’s seen them go 11-3 in their last 14 home games.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 2-5 in their last seven games on the road.
  • Pittsburgh is 6-17-1 in its last 24 games when playing San Jose.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Sharks' last six games on Wednesday.

The Penguins came out flying in Game 1, outshooting the Sharks 41-26 on the way to a 3-2 win. Pittsburgh is excellent with a day of rest in between games, as they’ve gone 18-3 in their last 21 games with a day off between games.

The good news for Sharks backers is the team’s ability to bounce back, as they’ve now gone 8-1 in their last nine games after a loss. The Penguins need to proceed with caution here, as after their last four losses, the Sharks have answered back with a combined 20 goals, while only allowing four.

The Penguins opened the day as -125 favorites, with the Sharks coming back at +113. These teams haven’t played often, but the favorite has had the edge in the matchup, going 12-4 in the last 16 games between the teams. The total for the game is set at 5.5 goals and neither team is trending heavily towards the OVER or UNDER recently.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as 118 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2 win for the Sharks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the San Jose Sharks have seen them go 58-34-9 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 61-30-10. In totals betting, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 45-38-18, while the Sharks are 51-39-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs San Jose injuries news.

The Sharks - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while San Jose is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 2-ranked offense (3.03 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.51 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.33% rate while the Sharks have a 80.21% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -129 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
  • San Jose is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • San Jose is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 6-17-1 SU in its last 24 games when playing San Jose

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4th