Sharks vs Penguins Stanley Cup Game One
Betting Pick and Score Prediction

When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, May 30, 2016
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS
Odds: Pittsburgh Money Line -137, Total: 5.5
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Stanley Cup Game One Probable Goalies:

Sharks – Martin Jones (W/L: 12-6, GAA: 2.12, SAVE %: .918)
Penguins – Matt Murray (W/L: 11-4, GAA: 2.22, SAVE %: .927)

2016 Stanley Cup Game One Finals will have the San Jose Sharks battle the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA in the best of seven series. The Sharks have gone 17-5-1 the last 23 meetings, but the home team is 12-4 the last 16 in the series. The two teams will match strength on strength when the Sharks test their road record of 33-17 against the Penguins home record of 33-18. Who will break under the pressure?

San Jose Sharks Game One Preview

The San Jose Sharks have finally made to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history. The Sharks started by taking out the Los Angeles Kings in five games. They then dispatched the Predators in a seven game series. The St Louis Blues were taken out in six games. The Sharks have been a top road team this year so being on the road just might be the advantage they need to win it all. All but one of the team’s victories in the last two rounds of the postseason have been by a margin of at least three goals. Pavelski has been immense with a playoff-best 13 goals while playing alongside veteran Joe Thornton (15 assists) and Tomas Hertl, as has a power-play unit that has converted on 17-of-63 chances. Defenseman Brent Burns is third in the postseason with 20 points, trailing only Pavelski and Logan Couture, who leads all players with 24 points and 16 assists. Offseason acquisition Martin Jones has registered three shutouts in the last seven games.

Martin Jones has had a solid postseason in goal and has gone 12-6 with a 2.12 GAA. Jones is 32-19 with a 2.18 GAA in his career on the road and 2-2 with a 2.37 GAA in five career games vs the Penguins. On special teams the Sharks have converted on 27.0% of their power play chances, while allowing 19.6%.

San Jose Sharks Betting Trends

San Jose4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
San Jose is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games ,on the road
San Jose12-5-1 SU in its last 18 games on the road
San Jose is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins Game One Preview

The Penguins have won three Stanley Cup titles with the last one in the 2008/09 season. Pittsburgh beat the Rangers in five games and then the Capitals in six. They were down 3 games to 2 against Tampa Bay but came back to win the final two games to win the Eastern Finals in seven games. The Penguins have been a strong home this year where they have gone 33-18.

Matt Murray is a rookie in goal and he has been pretty impressive in the postseason so far as he is 11-4 with a 2.21 GAA. He was 4-2 with a 2.28 GAA at home during the regular season but has not yet faced the Sharks. The Penguins special teams have converted on 23.4% of their power play chances and allowed 16.4%.
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Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends

Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-17-1 SU in its last 23 games ,when playing San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing at home against San Jose

San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup Playoffs Game One Score Prediction
Pittsburgh 3 – San Jose 2
Pick: San Jose Money Line

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Speed! Yes, these are two teams that will be quick on the ice to take advantage of any opportunity.  I could well see this game going into overtime to determine the winner. I do like this game as a toss up and with the Penguins at home I would take them to win if the odds were even. But, at -137 that is too steep for a game I see as even. My bet on this game will be the Sharks on the puck line at +1.5 goals. It doesn’t have the big return of a money line bet but I want to cash in this game. If it does go to OT, then I have money in the bank.
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