NHL Pick: Capper Predicts Low Scoring Game 2 Of Stanley Cup Finals

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

Our NHL betting expert previews Wednesday’s matchup between San Jose and Pittsburgh. Go inside to read this revealing betting article which concludes with a NHL pick.

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Betting Preview
Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs takes place on Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The opening faceoff between the Sharks and Penguins is slated for 8:05 PM ET. Current NHL betting odds at Heritage show Pittsburgh as a -123 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5.

Pittsburgh won the series opener on Monday 3-2. The Penguins had a substantial territorial advantage during that win, evidenced by a 41-26 shots on goal advantage. Game 1 stayed under the total of 5.5. As a matter of fact, since 1996, and excluding pushes, Stanley Cup Finals games are now 61-36 (62.9%) under the total.


Resilient Road Warriors
Losing is never a good thing, and especially so when you’re so close to becoming part of Stanley Cup lore. However, San Jose has gone 8-1 during their previous nine games following a loss, and that includes winning four straight in that exact situation. Their only defeat in that scenario was an overtime setback during Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinal series at Nashville.

San Jose has held serve on the road during this postseason, going 5-5 when cast into that role. The Sharks have actually been a superb road team all season long, going a NHL best 33-18 in its away games.


Penguins Protect its Igloo
Pittsburgh has been very good on home ice this season, and that’s carried over to the playoffs. They’ve gone a stellar 34-18 at the Consol Energy Center thus far, and that includes a terrific 9-2 in postseason action. They’ve averaged 3.2 goals scored and 35.7 shots on goal per game on home ice during this 2015-2016 NHL campaign. Pittsburgh isn’t the type of team that has rested on its laurels in recent months. The Penguins are an impressive 17-6 in their last 23 games following a win, and that includes 7-5 during this postseason.


Final Take and Pick
Both goaltenders were very sharp in Game 1. That was especially the case for Martin Jones who turned aside 38 of 41 Penguins shots on goal. Pittsburgh’s 21-year-old goaltender Matt Murray has been unflappable for the most part in his playoff starts, going an outstanding 12-4, and compiling a more than respectable .924 save percentage. I look for San Jose to slow this game down by clogging up the neutral zone, and neutralizing Pittsburgh’s superior team speed in doing so. The Penguins have allowed just 5 goals combined over its last three games. Relative to the current total, I like this to be a low scoring game, and one of my NHL picks will be indicative of just that.

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Free NHL Pick: Under 5½ -135
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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