Sharks vs Penguins Betting Game 6

sharks-penguins-betting-game-6After a dominating 4-1 victory on the road in Game 4, the Pittsburgh Penguins looked ready to end the NHL Finals at home. But the San Jose Sharks showed signs of life by picking up a 4-2 victory in Game 5, narrowing their series deficit to 3-2.

Goaltender Martin Jones (44 saves) did an outstanding job of limiting Pittsburgh’s attack and helping his team send the Finals back to San Jose.

“This team hasn’t quit all year and we’re not going to start now,” said Jones. “There’s still a long way to go, it’s going to be an uphill battle, but we’re going to fight till the very end.”

Is there really a long way to go, and can the Sharks force a deciding seventh game by winning at home? Or will Pittsburgh win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history?

Find out as we cover Game 6 between the Penguins and Sharks. Moneyline for Game 6 (June 12 at 8:00pm EST)
Pittsburgh (-105)
San Jose (-115) Spread for Game 6
San Jose +1.5 (-300)
Pittsburgh -1.5 (+250)

Why the Penguins will Win Game 6

The score makes it seem like San Jose claimed a comfortable victory. But there are a few key points worth mentioning here:

1. Joe Pavelski added an empty netter with less than two minutes.
2. Pittsburgh got off 46 shots.
3. San Jose only had 22 shots.

sharks-penguins-game-5While the Sharks made their shots count, the box score shows that Pittsburgh outplayed San Jose for the most part. If not for an amazing effort by Jones, the game might have gone into overtime, or even ended with the Penguins winning in regulation.

Long story short, Pittsburgh should have plenty of confidence moving into Game 6. Yes, they’re on the road and considered a slight underdog. But even with San Jose playing at home, this contest looks even.

Evgeni Malkin has heated up, scoring goals in two straight games. If they can get more from Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh has a solid chance of winning. All they really need to do is put forth the same effort that they had last game and they’ll find the net.

Why the Sharks will Win Game 6

History doesn’t favor the Sharks because, since 1939, when the Stanley Cup became a best-of-seven series, only one team (1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs) have come back from this deficit. But San Jose shouldn’t let this deter them because they’re two wins away from making a historical comeback.

sharks-penguins-bettingThe Sharks showed a much-more spirited effort last night, especially on defense, where they forced 10 takeaways and denied two out of three Penguin power plays. The power plays aspect is important here because San Jose has been the worst postseason team at stopping them, with 12 goals allowed.

Thanks to this renewed defensive effort, the Sharks are headed to the SAP Center, where they’re 8-3 in the postseason. Of course, the defense might not look so good if Jones hadn’t saved 44 shots. With San Jose needing to win yet another elimination game, Jones’ goaltending will be crucial on Sunday.

Another encouraging sign for the Sharks is that Joe Pavelski finally got on the board in this series. After scoring 13 goals throughout the first three rounds – including 4 goals in the last three games of the conference finals – Pavelski was scoreless against Pittsburgh.

But he got a late goal in Game 5 that might boost his confidence heading into the weekend. If Pavelski gets back to the streak he was on earlier in the postseason, then anything is possible for San Jose.

Prediction on Sharks vs Penguins

Despite losing last night, Pittsburgh has outhustled and outworked San Jose through most of this series. Game 6 looks close on paper, especially with the Sharks playing at home and having a great goalie. But with the moneyline being so close and the Penguins playing really well, we don’t see a reason to bet against them. Expect Pittsburgh to win a hard-fought contest and hoist the Stanley Cup in San Jose.

Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 3 – San Jose 2
Betting Advice: Bet on Pittsburgh with their -105 moneyline.

Sharks vs Penguins Betting Game 5

sharks-penguins-game-5The San Jose Sharks had hoped to even up their NHL Finals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4. But the Penguins quickly shut the door on this notion, outscoring San Jose 2-0 in the first two periods before coasting to a comfortable 3-1 victory.

This final score also represents Pittsburgh’s 3-1 lead in the series, meaning they can finish off the Sharks at the Consol Energy Center this Thursday.

Will they do it? Or do the Sharks have enough fight left in them to steal a road win and send the series back to San Jose? Find out as we discuss Game 5 of the NHL Finals between the Penguins and Sharks. Moneyline for Game 5 (June 9 at 8:00pm EST)
San Jose (130)
Pittsburgh (-150) Spread for Game 5
San Jose +1.5 (-250)
Pittsburgh -1.5 (+210)

Why the Penguins will Win Game 5

For years, the headliners in Pittsburgh have been center Sidney Crosby and forward Evgeni Malkin, who’ve provided countless goals for this team. But these two haven’t had much of an impact so far, with Malkin getting his first two points last game and Crosby remaining scoreless in the series.

sharks-penguins-bettingInstead, this has been a balanced attach that’s anchored by the defense. Game 4 was a perfect example of this as Pittsburgh’s defense held San Jose to just 24 shots against rookie goalie Matt Murray. Overall, Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has seen 35 more shots than Murray this series.

Defenders Kris Letang and Ian Cole have not only played a crucial role in shutting down San Jose’s vaunted attack, but they’ve also supplied offense too. Cole got the first goal to put Pittsburgh ahead while Letang supplied an assist. The Pens also got a goal from Malkin in the second and Eric Fehr in the third to cap off a great road win.

Pittsburgh is favored big at most sportsbooks, and the majority of analysts expect them to hoist the Stanley Cup on Thursday. It seems like they have a great chance of doing so as long as they keep getting balanced contributions from all angles.

Why the Sharks will Win Game 5

Looking at the Penguins’ lead in this series coupled with their home ice advantage in Game 5, it seems like San Jose has no chance. But you merely need to look back at the scores to see that this isn’t quite the case.

The first three games were decided by one goal, with two of these contests even going into overtime. Game 4 was the one outlier, and it was crushing for San Jose given that they lost by two goals at home.

In order to ensure that this doesn’t happen again, the Sharks need to be more aggressive. Perhaps this won’t be a problem since they’re facing elimination now. But the important thing is that they get past Pittsburgh’s defenders and send more shots at Jones.

Much of this begins with Joe Pavelski, who came into the series with 22 points and a team-high 13 goals. He’s been largely absent from the stat sheets thus far, but maybe desperation will kick his performance into gear.

Assuming Pavelski shows up, the team should follow and give San Jose a chance at sending this series back to the SAP Center.

Prediction on Sharks vs Penguins

For years Crosby and Malkin charged Pittsburgh into the playoffs, only to watch their high-scoring squads wilt against more-aggressive, defensive-minded teams. This year the Penguins are the aggressors and the team playing tough defense. San Jose is also strong on both sides of the ice, as they showed in the first three nail-biters. In Game 4, though, they were thoroughly handled in a contest that they needed to give themselves a realistic chance. Pittsburgh has the momentum, they have the home ice, and they should have the Stanley Cup by Thursday.

Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 2 – San Jose 1
Betting Advice: Bet Pittsburgh on the moneyline, but hold off on the puck line. This is, after all, a desperate Sharks team that has kept three out of four games within one goal.