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2008 Stanley Cup finals - odds favor Red Wings against Penguins

2008 Stanley Cup finals - odds favor Red Wings against Penguins It's finally the time hockey fans have been waiting for all season, the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, and the odds are currently favoring the Detroit Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Starting with the first game of the Stanley Cup best-of-seven series, tonight at 8:00pm EST the Pittsburgh Penguins (47-27-8) will visit the Detroit Red Wings (54-21-7) in a game which sees the Penguins as big underdog. At the online sportsbook BodogLife the odds favor the Red Wings at -170 to win the first game, while Pittsburgh is +150, with the total expected sitting at 5.5. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road, but just 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing the Red Wings. Meanwhile Detroit is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home with the total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh. For the Penguins only Mark Eaton is out indefinitely with a knee injury, while the Red Wings will play without Johan Franzen and Tomas Kopecky, both out for the Stanley Cup finals with injuries.

 The Detroit Red Wings certainly have what it takes statistically to win the 2008 Stanley Cup. Detroit is third highest scoring team in the league at 3.1 goals per game, leads the league in shots with 34.4 per game and is second in the league in power play chances at 4.7 per game. This, combined with the fact that the Red Wings are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 2.2 goals per game and have the best shots against in the league allowing 23.5 per game, and there is no surprise that Detroit is the favorite to win the Stanley Cup this year.

 Looking at the big picture, the Detroit Red Wings are favorite to outright win the 2008 Stanley Cup at BodogLife, as well. Detroit is -160 to be the new NHL Champion, while the Pittsburgh Penguins are +140 underdog. According to the odds makers, the 4-3 series victory for Detroit is the most likely outcome of the 2008 Stanley Cup finals with odds 7/2. Pittsburgh Penguins wining the Stanley Cup 4-2 is the second likely outcome of the finals series with odds 37/10, followed by Detroit Red Wings winning 4-2 or 4-1, both results with odds to happen at 4/1.

 Published on 05/24/2008

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