Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Sharks vs Penguins Odds
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2016 Stanley Cup Finals: Game 2
Date: Wednesday, June 1 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 +200
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Prob. Goalies: Jones (SJ) | Murray (PIT)
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The Penguins and Sharks continue their pursuit of the Stanley Cup with Game 2 from Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Penguins gathered a 1-0 lead with a 3-2 victory in Game 1.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks certainly had their chances in Game 1.
San Jose erased a 2-0 lead, but their defense let down late as they saw themselves fall to a 1-0 series deficit.
This marks just the 2nd time all postseason long that the Sharks find themselves on the losing end of a series. After a loss this postseason, the Sharks are a stellar 5-1.
Look for San Jose to try and play more of a possession game in this one. They were outshot 41-26 as they simply didn’t have enough speed to keep up with Pittsburgh.
G Martin Jones continued to allow 2nd and 3rd chances off rebounds, which is something he simply must avoid in Game 2.
Eventually, when you keep knocking, someone’s going to open the door. Pittsburgh tallied those 41 shots and never let the San Jose defense breath, as they finally find the game winning breakthrough late.
With just 2:33 to go, Nick Bonino found the back of the net to clinch the win for Pittsburgh.
Outshooting opponents has been nothing new for the Pens. Game 1 marked the 10th straight game they outshot their opposition. Pittsburgh has continued to pepper the goal and get rebound after rebound.
If Pittsburgh can grab a win here in Game 2, history is certainly on their side. Teams that have won the first two games of the Finals have won the Cup on 44 of 49 tries.
With the win, Matt Murray is now 12-4 this postseason.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Sharks are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Sharks are 17-5 in their last 22 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Stanley Cup Finals games.
- Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
- Penguins are 26-7 in their last 33 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free San Jose Sharks vs.Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
The San Jose Sharks have been excellent at bouncing back after a loss.
Given the fact they simply cannot go down 2-0 against this could of a team, this is one game where they control the tempo.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose Sharks ML
The Sharks don’t allow the Pens to get off as many shots here, as they steal this game on the road and get the series back to even.
NHL Free Score Prediction:Pittsburgh Penguins 2- San Jose Sharks 4
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