Sports betting handicappers saw the Red Wings take the first 2 games of this online sports betting series at home by identical scores of 3-1. The one sports betting difference between Detroit and Pittsburgh was figured to be defense.
Detroit entered this online sports betting series with far better defensive numbers in the playoffs and that is what made them the favorite against the Stanley Cup odds. Pittsburgh actually out shot Detroit in game 1 of this sports betting series 32-30 but Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood was stellar between the pipes stopping 31 shots.
It was much the same in game 2 of this sports betting series as Pittsburgh held a 32-26 advantage in shots on goal but Osgood stopped 31 of those bullets to put Detroit in control of the series. So far this sports betting post season Osgood has a record of 14-2 with a 1.97 goals against average.
Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins has a record this sports betting post season of 12-6 with a much higher 2.66 goals against average. So far in this sports betting series Pittsburgh’s dynamic duo of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby has been held in check. Malkin has but 1 goal and 1 assists while Crosby has been shutout so far.
Before anyone writes off the Penguins or this series, however, they should keep in mind that Pittsburgh has been a far better sports betting commodity at home with a record of 6-2 this post season on home ice.
Facing an 0-2 deficit at home in front of passionate crowds the Penguins may very well pick up their game a notch and get back into the series. It will be difficult for Detroit to keep a lid on Malkin and Crosby for the rest of the series, especially in Pittsburgh.
The first 2 games of this series went under the total and there is a strong possibility that the play may also open up in Pittsburgh.
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