Stanley Cup Finals Completely Opposite of the Playoffs

Doug Upstone

Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:54 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017 6:54 PM UTC

We are down to the nitty-gritty of the Stanley Cup Finals, either Pittsburgh wins Game 6 and again is crowned champions or we head to a Game 7 on Wednesday in the Steel City.

As per usual, the playoffs have been a wild ride and going into The Finals, those making NHL picks betting strictly underdogs were cashing big time at +14.21 units. Given how everything had gone and the fact we had the last team to qualify for this tournament in the postseason playing for Lord Stanley's Cup, it would figure more madness would ensue. But quicker than CNN dumped Reza Aslan, those watching the NHL odds have seen this event become a full scale chalk-fest.

We are five games in and the home favorite is a perfect 5-0. Imagine that.

On top of this, we have witnessed rather dull games by the third period except for the opener, you would have thought you were watching the NBA Playoffs this season. Consider, 48 of the 76 games before The Finals were determined by one goal, 63.1 percent. Now, the closest thing we had a close contest was Pittsburgh blowing 3-0 lead to be tied by Nashville at 3 a piece, only to score the last two goals to win 5-3.

With Nashville 9-1 on home ice in the playoffs and a favorite in Game 6, will we see more of the same or do the Penguins finally end the string with the Predators in an unexplored territory?

And if the Predators were to win, Sidney Crosby and his crew will certainly be a -150 to -165 home favorite and should retain The Cup in Game 7, but the way this spring has played out on the ice, is anything for sure?

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