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Will The Stanley Cup Champion Come Out Of Pennsylvania?

Written by Michel Gordon   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 07:48

Hockey betting oddsOver the last five years, fans betting on baseball and the NHL have seen the battle of Pennsylvania upgrade its intensity on the ice. While the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates are never mentioned in the same conversation, you can’t help but compare the Flyers and Penguins. With good reason too, as the league’s two Pennsylvania franchises have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in three of the past five seasons. Today, we will examine why the first round matchup between the two state rivals, could lead to the winner having the best betting odds at winning the Stanley Cup.

Ever since both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin entered the NHL, it has been considered by the majority of our colleagues, as a right of passage for a team to defeat the Penguins. This season, that couldn’t be more the case for the new look Flyers, as after being embarrassed by the Boston Bruins in last year’s playoffs, the Flyers underwent a quick retool in the offseason. Gone are Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and in are Brayden Schenn, Jaromir Jagr, and the emergence of Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

In other words, for the Philadelphia Flyers to return to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years, going through the bookie software Cup favorite Penguins, was perfectly calculated.

As we noted earlier, the Flyers and Penguins have become two of the top teams in the NHL over the past five years. For the reason that both teams have experienced a boom, rather then one or the other (see Battle of Ontario) the intensity in the rivalry has been unparalleled by any other in sports. You are either a Flyers fan or a Penguins fan, and never both. The intensity was best displayed last night, as the two teams engaged in a couple of brawls, after the aforementioned Sidney Crosby was given a cross check to the back by the previously mentioned Brayden Schenn. Things became so heated, that even the two coaching staffs attempted to engage each other in a sportsbook review fight.

On paper, if the two clubs do meet in the first round, which is how it appears right now, then you can guarantee that the penalty minutes in the last five minutes of last night’s game are just the beginning. Taking a closer look at each team, and you will see a well balanced attack on offense, with strong defense and the only question for both teams being in net. While Penguins goalie Mark Andre-Fleury is a former first overall draft pick himself, many people we included believe he is overrated at his position. He is never ranked in the top five for goaltending, yet he always makes the All Star Game, as a fan favorite. Conversely, Ilya Bryzgalov is out with a fractured foot, but when he returns, he will be the Flyers NHL playoffs goalie. This offseason, Bryzgalov was signed to a record nine year $51 million contract. If Bryzgalov can’t carry the Flyers past the Penguins and onto a Stanley Cup Championship, that contract will appear terribly.

 
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