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Winning In San Jose Not Easy For Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins can close out the Stanley Cup Finals with a victory over the San Jose Sharks Sunday, but picking up wins in the SAP Center has not been particularly easy for the Pens. The Penguins are just 2-11 in their past 13 games in San Jose, which includes going 1-1 in this series so far.

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  • The road team is 6-15 in the past 21 meetings between the Penguins and Sharks.
  • Sidney Crosby has no goals and just two assists in his past six games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 through the first five games of this series.

If Pittsburgh wants to stave off Game 7, then they will need to figure out a way to solve Martin Jones. The Penguins have outshot the Sharks 179-119 through the first five games of the series, but have just one more goal than their opponents. That is thanks to the stellar play of Jones, who has a .933 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average in the series despite facing an average of 35 shots per game.

Though he has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the playoffs, Logan Couture seems to be the key to the Sharks’ victories. Couture has scored in eight games this postseason, with the Sharks going a near perfect 7-1 in those outings – which includes a win in Game 5 of this series.

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How To Handicap A Hot NHL Goalie

If you bet hockey you know how important goaltending is to winning bets. Probably the single most important factor. 

So how do you bet a series when you have the hotter goalie on the team that’s overmatched?

That’s been the case in the Sharks-Penguins series where the Pens continue to dominate play while

San Jose goalie Martin Jones stands on his head. Now the series is 3-2 Pittsburgh heading back to San Jose. 

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Pens Looking to Win Cup Tonight at Home

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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.

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Back-to-Back Losses Rare for Penguins

The San Jose Sharks will attempt to even up their Stanley Cup Series with the Penguins at two games apiece tonight in California, but bettors be warned, the Pens aren’t a team that losses two in a row very often. Pittsburgh is 17-1 in their last 18 games following a loss. That one loss did come in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning. It was the first time since mid-January that the Pens lost two games in a row.

A few historic trends point towards San Jose tonight, as they’re now 11-1 in their last 12 games when hosting the Penguins. This is a matchup that generally favors the home team, as the visitor is just 2-8 in the last 10 games between the teams.

Despite being outshot 42-26 in Game 3, the Sharks came out on top in a 3-2 overtime thriller. The Penguins will hope to go back to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 series lead, but to do so, they might need a better effort from Evgeni Malkiin who’s yet to record a point in a the series. Malkin’s scoring touch has been missing throughout most of the playoffs so far, as the Russian has just four goal in 20 postseason games so far.

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Can the Sharks Bounce Back at Home?

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The Stanley Cup Final shifts to California tonight for Game 3 and the Sharks will hope their home ice advantage is enough to get them back in the series. San Jose is 7-1 in their last eight home games, but the Penguins travel well, with a 13-4 record in their last 17 road games.

Another trend working in San Jose’s favor is that it’s a rarity for the team to drop three straight games. They’re 6-1 in the last seven games after consecutive losses. It’s happened just once in 2016 that they’ve lost three in a row.

Pittsburgh has history working on their side in this series, as only five teams in NHL history have ever comeback to win the Stanley Cup after being down 2-0.

The Pens are underdogs for the first time in the series, coming in at +120 with the Sharks at -133. Pittsburgh has split the four games that they’ve been underdogs in these playoffs, while the Sharks are 7-2 as a home favorite in postseason so far.

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2017 Stanley Cup Final Betting

It's official - the Pittsburgh Penguins will be defending their title against the Nashville Predators for the Stanley Cup Final. Will the Pens repeat or will Nashville win their first Stanley Cup? It is sure to be an exciting series with plenty of betting opportunities available. 

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Stanley Cup: Penguins on a Roll at Home

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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.

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.

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Don't Ignore This Game 1 NHL Stat

What’s the most important game in a Stanley Cup final? 

The easy answer might be the game that clinches the championship ring. The right answer, though, could actually be Game 1. 

The winner of Game 1 in the Cup finals has gone on to win the series 77.6 percent of the time in seven-game series (59-17 according to the site Whowins.com). 

I’ll just let that sink in a little.

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History on Pens’ Side After Game 1 Win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks after a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. If history is any indication, and it often is, then the odds of a Stanley Cup parade in the Steel City look great after the Game 1 win.

Looking at a few different sample sizes, it’s all good news for the Penguins and their backers. Over the last 20 years, only five teams who lost Game 1 came back to win the Stanley Cup.

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Home Team Has Edge in Cup Openers

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San Jose pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Monday, hoping to shut down the Penguins snipers in hockey action at Consol Energy Centre.

The San Jose Sharks will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 58-33-9 this season, while the Penguins are 60-30-10. San Jose is 51-38-11 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 45-37-18.

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