That role used to belong to the Washington Capitals but they were upset in the first round of NHL sportsgambling by the Montreal Canadiens. Gambling in sports odds set up well for Pittsburgh.
Instead of having to face New Jersey, Buffalo or Washington they now get Montreal and if they win that series they would get the winner of the Boston-Philadelphia series. The Penguins were the fourth seed entering the playoffs but now they are the top remaining seed and they have home ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Everything has fallen into place for the Penguins and they have a good chance to return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The gambling in sports odds heavily favors Pittsburgh against Montreal. The Canadiens pulled off the shocker against Washington and surprised those gambling in sports, but winning two straight series as a big underdog is another story.
The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the New York Islanders from 1982-84 to win three straight Eastern Conference titles. Not many teams make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals and have a chance to defend their title but everything sure is setting up for the Penguins to make it.
The Penguins won’t be overlooking Montreal in this hockey betting series. The Canadiens have shown they can beat a top team and their goaltender Jaroslav Halak has the attention of the Pittsburgh players. The Penguins have a number of Montreal natives so they are going to want to put on a good show.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, forwards Maxime Tablot and Pascal Dupuis and defenseman Kris Letang are all from Montreal. Plus, Sidney Crosby was a huge Montreal fan as a kid. Crosby could be the difference in this gambling in sports NHL series.
Sportsgambling statistics indicated that he led all scorers in the first round with five goals and nine assists for 14 points. The Capitals also have to deal with Evgeni Malkin who had eight points in the first round.
The Penguins are not the Capitals and they should do a lot better job against Montreal and win for those gambling in sports. The Penguins are favored to come out of the East and they are also slight favorites overall in gambling in sports NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup.