Pittsburgh Penguins look solid for Stanley Cup

Shane Lambert already has a nice position on Pittsburgh to beat Washington but he now advised punters to back then to win the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a game away from the Verizon Center in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series with the Washington Capitals. That gave the Pens home-ice advantage in the series and they protected that advantage on Monday night with a win at home. The Penguins are now considered the Stanley Cup favourites, priced 7/2 with numerous sportsbooks, including bet365 and BetVictor. That is major news in the betting market since Washington have been considered favourites for several months now.

Pittsburgh, in Game 3, stopped Washington 3-2 for a 2-1 series advantage. Matt Murray has been central to Pittsburgh's success so far as he starting filling in for Marc-Andre Fleury early in the playoffs after the regular Pittsburgh starter suffered an injury. However, Fleury was available for action in Game 3 against Washington yet Mike Sullivan decided to go with Murray instead. That Sullivan has both Murray and Fleury to go to is certainly a great reason to have faith in this Pittsburgh team.

On that note Barry Trotz, the head coach of the Washington Capitals, said that Murray is "looking like a franchise goaltender." That's a big compliment to an unheralded 21 year old, but it certainly is one that Murray is living up to. He set a record for most saves made by a rookie in a regulation NHL playoff game in Game 3 with an incredible 47 saves. Maybe Trotz, who has never won a second-round playoff series in nearly two decades of NHL head coaching, is planting the seed for an upcoming excuse for his regular-season champs crashing out of the playoffs - something I think they will do this round.

The odds on the Pens have been shortening pretty consistently for a couple months now, ever since they started showing some promise in the latter stages of the regular season. Priced at 7/2 and on the verge of going up 3-1 against Washington it seems that anyone that wants something decent on the Pens will have to act soon. Game 4 in the series is a Wednesday nighter and Pittsburgh will be at home where the Pens are playing well lately.

If they win then they will have three chances to close out the Capitals and await the winner of the Islanders and Lightning. While Dallas and St. Louis loom large in the west, right now the Eastern Conference is looking like Pittsburgh's to lose.


2-pt bet on Pittsburgh to win the Stanley Cup at 7/2 with Bet365