Like boxing betting underdog Josh Clottey in his match with Miguel Cotto on Saturday, Pittsburgh is an underdog (although not as big), and their opponent will have a major home advantage (Cotto is from New York). The Penguins will try to go against history, and the crowd, when they head to Joe Louis Arena for their Game 7 showdown with Detroit, but offshore sportsbook odds are thinking that the Penguins will go down for the second straight year.
Stanley Cup Betting – Friday, June 12, 8:00 PM ET
The Penguins got goals from Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy, and they needed Marc-Andre Fleury to stand on his head in the final minutes of Game 6’s 2-1 win. Fleury was blasted after letting in all five goals of a 5-0 destruction in Game 5, but the young goaltender saved his team from vacation with a 25-save performance, which includes a breakaway stop on Dan Cleary with only 1:41 remaining in the game, not to mention his tough showing with 13 seconds left, when everyone but the referees ended up in Fleury’s net.
The Red Wings were outplayed badly in the first half of the game, or maybe it was the Penguins had extra jump in their step. Whatever the case, Kris Draper’s goal with 8:01 left in the third sparked the Red Wings, and they threw everything they had and more at Fleury. Chris Osgood stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Red Wings, whose usually potent power-play unit failed to capitalize on two chances in the third period.
Stanley Cup betting has the Red Wings as a -190 favorite to win the Cup for the fifth time in 12 years, and with good reason: in 14 Game 7s, the home team has won 12 times, and the Red Wings have dominated the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena during the playoffs, outscoring them 11-2 over three wins. The Penguins need Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to step up and lead the way, as Crosby has three points in the series with a -3 rating, while Malkin has been pointless since Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup in Game 5. The Penguins have put up a great fight, and they’re getting closer, but they’ll fall a little short in “Hockeytown” on Friday.
Stanley Cup betting pick: Detroit