Why Every Sports Wagering Fan Should Be WatchingPosted by: Charlie Smith
After witnessing a thrilling conclusion to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, sports wagering fans are eagerly awaiting a similar turnout in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup series.
The Stanley Cup series is headed back to Pittsburgh, where the Predators found themselves outgunned in both games 1 & 2. However, Nashville proved why their competing for the cup in the last two games, outscoring Pittsburgh 9-2 on home turf. With blazing confidence, the Predators stand to give the Penguins a rough time in Game 5. Let’s see what the NHL sports odds are predicting for Thursday’s contest.
Game 5 – Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Thur., June 8th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Series: Tied 2-2
Stream: NBC Sports
Hockey Playoff Odds:
Nashville Predators +1 ½ (-235) 5 ½ (+110) +130
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+195) 5 ½ (-130) -150
The odds think players who bet on NHL games should expect the same results in the PPG Paints Arena: another Pittsburgh victory. However, the odds are still predicting a contentious match and this is one contest every sports wagering fan in the nation should be tuning in for. Here’s why.
Cinderella Stories Are Transcendent
The Nashville Predators entered the postseason as a Wild Card team. Facing the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the best regular season teams in the nation, in the first round, few bettors were expecting the Preds to even make it past the first.
The opposite turned out to be true as the Preds swept the Blackhawks and haven’t looked back since. Now, two wins away from wielding the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, Nashville is the very definition of a Cinderella story. Everyone loves an underdog and with the NBA Finals being so one-sided, sports betting fans can be certain the NHL will deliver a heated, impassioned contest Thursday evening.
The Pinnacle of Sports Competition
Seeing dynasties rise can be extremely entertaining, but most sports wagering fans prefer to watch them crumble.
Take the New England Patriots for example. Arguably one of the greatest dynasties the NFL has ever seen, and inarguably one of the most hated. Controversy aside, sports fans are predisposed to root for an underdog over an empire.
That’s exactly why this matchup between the Predators and Penguins is the pinnacle of sports competition. This year’s Stanley Cup finals marks Pittsburgh’s 4th appearance in the last decade. There are few sports wagering fans who wouldn’t agree that the Penguins have been enjoying a reign atop the NHL, with the team always in competition for the title.
On the other hand, the Predators are the manifestation of an underdog; a young franchise that hails from the south making their first Stanley Cup appearance, and on the cusp of delivering a David vs. Goliath finish.
Rookies Making an Impact
Jake Guentzel, a rookie for the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the leading scorer of this year’s NHL postseason. With 13 goals on his belt, 5 of which were game winners, it’s safe to say that Guentzel is one of this playoffs most impactful player. Seeing new blood making an impact always helps fans get excited about the future.