Game 1 NHL Picks for Stanley Cup Finals: Handicapper Challenges Public Betting Perception

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:12 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015 1:12 PM UTC

This hockey handicapping professional has gone an outstanding 33-21 at SBR during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here's his pick for Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

2015 Stanley Cup Finals Opening Game
The 2015 Stanley Cup Finals get underway tonight with Tampa Bay hosting Chicago in Game 1 at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL odds, Tampa Bay is a -125 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0.


Situation Projects to Be Low Scoring Affair
The general public will surely be enticed by high scoring games played by both teams during these playoffs. After all, Chicago has gone 12-5 over the total during the 2015 postseason, and Tampa Bay is 12-8 over the number.

These teams met twice during the regular season, the home team won on both occasions, and each game went under the total. Ben Bishop started both of those games in goal for Tampa Bay and had an excellent .970 save percentage during those outings. Despite their propensity to play high scoring affairs in the postseason, Tampa Bay has gone under the number during its opening games of each of their three 2015 playoff rounds.

Chicago was the second best team in the NHL regular season pertaining to goals allowed. The Blackhawks went 20-7 under the total versus Eastern Conference opponents during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign.


NHL Totals Betting System
Chicago is allowing an average of 2.4 goals per game heading into this series, and that includes the regular season in addition to the playoffs. They’ve also scored four goals or more in each of their previous four games. This previously mentioned data sets up a profitable totals betting angle which I’ll utilize for my NHL picks.

Here are the details to a betting angle worth of applying to Stanley Cup Finals: Any team (Chicago) that allows 2.55 or less goals per games, and has scored four goals or more in each of their previous four games, resulted in that team going 104-58 (64.2%) under the NHL odds total since 1996.

NHL Picks: Play on Chicago and Tampa Bay to go under the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes

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