National Hockey League: Stanley Cup Final SJ vs. PIT
Game 5- PIT Leads 3-1
San Jose (46-30-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (48-26-8)
June 9, 2016- 8:00 PM ET (TV NBC) CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
With plenty of champagne on ice and Lord’s Stanley Cup in attendance, the Pittsburgh Penguins will prepare to battle the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center with an opportunity to win it all as the betting lines for this Game 5 matchup are as follow;
Best Sharks Lines: Bovada ML (+145) Spread +1.5
Best Penguins Lines: MyBookie ML (-170) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: BetOnline 5.0
In line to deliver yet another Cup and championship to the city of Pittsburgh, this possible contest-clinching victory will have a special meaning as it will mark the first time a team from the Steel City has won it all in front of their fans in any of the major sports since 1960.
Come Thursday behind the skates of captain Sidney Crosby, he will once again help lead the charge of doing just that as they will seek to eliminate the Sharks and end this series.
Up 3-1 against San Jose, the Pens will aim to bring home a fourth Stanley Cup in the last 25 years for the city of Pittsburgh, who will all be waiting to erupt come the final horn.
However, for San Jose, they will like nothing better than to ruin the party of the Pens and send this series back to a Game 6 on Sunday; a cross-country trek the Penguins have no desire to make.
The first four games have been decided by one goal but it is the Pens who have dominated with their speed, shots on goal, scoring chances and momentum.
Momentum they want to have on their side for one final time knowing only one out of the last 32 teams down 3-1 in the series came back to win the finals… 74 years ago.
San Jose head coach Pete DeBoer is not expected to make any major changes to his lines going with the same in Game 4; a game in which they lost 3-1 at home.
The Sharks were the best in the NHL when it came to road wins and none will be bigger than when the puck drops in what will be a “must-win,” do-or-die situation for San Jose.
For the Sharks, there is no tomorrow but yet as there may not be a sense of panic, the sense of urgency will be off the charts as they will aim to force a Game 6 back at home. Taking a look at the betting lines for Game 5, MyBookie is favoring PIT (-170 ML) over SJ with an over/under of 5.0 total game goals scored from BetOnline.
All over Pittsburgh in this deciding contest, I will favor the Penguins in a (-170) moneyline win over San Jose for the victory and newly crowned Stanley Cup champions!