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Stanley Cup Final Tied Up

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Stanley Cup Final Tied Up
Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Two games completed in the best-of-seven finals, and it has decided nothing so far! A rested and fresh Dallas Stars squad capitalized on the most of their opportunities in game one. They did not outplay the Bolts by any means, however their golden goalie, Khudobin, continued to be a wall back there as he’s been since taking over back in round one.

Moving to game two Tampa once more pummelled the Dallas net for thirty shots, however a couple powerplay conversions right off the bat were the difference. I actually thought the Stars were better overall in the second meeting, but that is sometimes the way it works! The theme seems to be how much of a shelling can the Stars take while also being more efficient on the other end of the ice. Keep this in mind before placing your NHL picks.

Series Price After Game 2

The Stars series number is now +165/-190 at BetOnline. This seems a bit high. Have to keep in mind that it was between +165 NHL odds and +175 pre-series for a best-of-seven. As the games draw even, with fewer remaining, the prices should become more moderate. This series is now a best-of-five. So the only way persisting with the best-of-seven price would make sense is if something had changed in the ability of the Lightning to now win the series – such as an injury to a key player, or the market believing that the new information was more Tampa leaning than pre-series. Injuries to depth guys like Faksa and Comeau, while not to be ignored, are unlikely to be the reason behind the number.

Game-to-game there has not been a lot of movement and at this point I do not expect there will be for the remainder. As I posted on Tuesday, I am done for the remainder of the NHL season, but it doesn’t mean you cannot continue to go after some of the moneylines, team totals, or first period totals offered at nearly the same prices we have seen on both teams in the Conference finals and Stanley Cup finals.