San Jose at Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Game 1 Preview

Posted by Aaron . on May 30, 2016 in

It’s all about the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburg Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. With both teams set to hit the ice this Monday for Game 1 of their series, who will be offering the best Stanley Cup NHL betting value? Read on as we briefly preview this online sportsbook clash below.

San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Game 1 Preview

When: Monday, June 30th, at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: CONSOL Energy Center
Live Stream: NHL Stream
2016 Stanley Cup Odds: TBA



Why Bet on San Jose

Both the Sharks and Penguins have largely succeeded in the playoffs because of their respective offenses, but San Jose owns a slight advantage of 3.32 goals per game in regulation time (ranked best in the playoffs) over Pittsburgh’s average of 3.16 goals. San Jose’s offensive strength has particularly been in the brilliant power play unit that is converting on 27 percent (17 of 63) of its chances in the playoffs. Besides their formidable attack, the Sharks boasts of tons of better physicality and size in the defense, something that is likely to cause all kinds of trouble to Pittsburgh’s forwards. If both the offense and defense can click in this fixture, and then San Jose’s ability to control the puck also checks into the mix, you can be sure that Jose Thornton and the Sharks will have a solid bite at the win here.

Why Bet on Pittsburgh

While the Penguins may not be the better team in controlling puck possession or be as blessed as San Jose with physically-endowed defensive players, the experience and robustness of Pittsburgh makes the team very dangerous. For starters, the dynamic veteran duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin is as good as it gets at this point in the playoffs. This duo is supported by a lightning-fast and equally efficient unit led by standout forward Phil Kessel who has a postseason-leading 9 goals and 9 assists for the Pens. Combine that with a Pittsburg defense that knows how to make good-enough plays when called to action, the home-playing Pens are certainly rightful favorites in this encounter.

Expert Betting Predictions and Picks

With both teams coming here rested and healthy enough from their respective conference finals, you can expect fireworks right from the start of the game in a possibly high-scoring thriller. San Jose will definitely give a good account of itself, but in the end, the superior elite-level power of Pittsburgh and the home ice advantage should see the Penguins stand tallest with the victory.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 4, San Jose 3