This is it – for all the marbles. The Pittsburgh Penguins will skate into Joe Louis Arena tonight and take on the Detroit Red Wings for the right to be crowned NHL Stanley Cup Champions for the 2009 season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made the Red Wings –185 moneyline favorites for tonight’s game against the Penguins. The over/under total has also been set at 5.5 goals.
The trends reveal that the Wings are 5-2 against the spread versus the Pens over the last three seasons when playing in Detroit. Five of seven games in this series have also gone under the total over the last three seasons in Detroit and the Wings are 9-4-1 straight up against Pittsburgh when playing at home since 1996.
The Penguins haven’t found an answer to their woes playing at the Joe over the years and with that, we think the Wings are a safe bet to win. However, at –185 on the money line, we think the better value is going with the under tonight.
There’s a good chance that both teams will come out tight tonight and therefore it should be a low scoring affair. Pittsburgh has also struggled putting the puck in the net while playing in Detroit this series, scoring just three goals at the Joe in three games. We love the under tonight.
Our free pick for this NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 matchup is the UNDER 5.5.
Posted: 6/12/09 12:00PM ET