Penguins Closing in on an Online NHL Betting RepeatPosted by: Charlie Smith
A couple of high scoring contests later and Wednesday’s online NHL betting action is in the books. Sportsbook players who tuned into last night’s contest witnessed a fantastic battle between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues that ended up with the Preds getting one over their Southern brethren 4-3, followed by an offensive shootout between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks that ended with the Oilers putting on a 5-3 show over the Ducks. Fans can only hope that Wednesday’s action is just as thrilling, and judging by the teams that will be facing off hockey betting players shouldn’t expect anything less.
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The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators will kick off our action Thursday evening, followed by a clash of titans as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will be starting their contest half an hour later. Both contests should prove to be interesting, but there’s no question that the matchup between Pittsburgh and Washington is far more intriguing. The Penguins set out this season to accomplish the impossible by winning back-to-back titles and so far, Pittsburgh hasn’t missed a beat.
Game 1 – Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – April 27th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Series: First of Best of 7
Hockey Playoff Odds:
Washington Capitals +1 ½ (-255) 5½ (-115) +125
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+215) 5½ (-105) -145
Coming off a highly successful season, the Capitals had no problem matching last year’s success. Washington finished the regular season with a 55-19-8 record that gave way to a 1st place finish in the Metropolitan Division as well as a 1st place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals have made the playoffs for the last three years consecutively but hasn’t advanced past the second round in the last three years either. Interestingly enough, the Penguins have eliminated Washington the last two playoff seasons.
In the first round of this year’s playoffs, Washington faced the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto was a huge challenge, but the Capitals were able to overcome their Canadian rival 4 games to 2. Thursday’s game will mark the first of the series and hockey betting sites think that Washington will walk away with it. The Capitals and Penguins faced each other 4 times this season and finished 2-2 overall in the regular season.
Pittsburgh entered this year’s season as the reigning Stanley Cup champions and has done their best to defend their honor. The Penguins finished the regular season with a 50-21 that paved the way to a 2nd place finish in the Metropolitan Division and a 2nd place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have been in the playoffs the last 11 years consecutively and have won two Cups in that time. They may enter this contest as online NHL betting underdogs, but you can’t rule out the reigning champions.