The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins will play a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final, which the Red Wings won 4-2. The best of seven series will start off in Detroit, Saturday May 30. The Red Wings will be looking for their fifth Cup since 1996-97 season. NHL oddsmakers at BetUS.com have the Detroit Red Wings as -155 moneyline favs over the Pittsburgh Penguins (+125) to win the 2009 Stanley Cup. Be sure to get your 2009 Stanley Cup Prediction in now at BetUS.com
The Penguins have won two Stanley Cup championships in their history, in 1991 and 1992 during the Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr years. But since then they have been silent. The Penguins were just shy of capturing their third Stanley Cup in franchise history last year and nothing short of finishing the job this spring will be acceptable. Those high hopes are remarkable considering that just a couple of months ago, people were wondering if this team would even make the playoffs. Chris Kunitz and veteran winger Bill Guerin don't have the same level of talent that Marian Hossa brought last year, they do add plenty of grit and experience while filling the scoring void on the wing that the club needed most of the season. The Penguins also have solid character players like Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot, who are always ready to provide energy and support for the blueliners. The club had to give up a good offensive defenceman in Ryan Whitney, but have enough depth with the return of power play specialist Sergei Gonchar and the emergence of young Kris Letang. Goaltending is everything in the postseason, and Marc-Andre Fleury should be solid in goal if he builds on last spring's postseason run. The Penguins went 12-5 in the playoffs to get to the final and outscored their competition 65-47. On the road they were 6-3 averaging 4 GAG and giving up an average 2.7 GAG. They were 6-2 at home where they averaged 3.6 GAG and gave up an average 2.4 GAG. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 12-5 in these playoffs with a 2.62 GAA after giving up 46 goals.
The Red Wings hold the longest current playoff streak of all professional North American sports teams, at 18 consecutive seasons. Detroit is a disciplined, well coached, fundamentally sound team that can roll on all four lines. They sacrifice individual glory for what is best for the team, which speaks to the professionalism of those inside the organization. Thanks to their victory last year, the Wings more than any other team knows what it takes to win. Their veteran core of Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Holmstrom and goalie Chris Osgood all have multiple Stanley Cup rings. What truly separates Detroit from the pack is their defensive unit. Led by perennial Norris Trophy candidate Nicklas Lidstrom, the Wings blueline is absolutely stacked with a nice mix of puck movers and bangers. They are also battle tested thanks to last year’s championship run. The Red Wings won their eleventh Stanley Cup on June 4, 2008, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals by a score of 3-2. This was their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years. Henrik Zetterberg scored the Stanley Cup winning goal and was also named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European Captain to win the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings went 12-4 in the playoffs to get to the finals and outscored their opponents 59-34. At home they were 8-1 where they averaged 3.5 GAG and gave up an average 1.7 GAG. On the road they were 4-3 where they averaged 3.8 GAG and gave up an average 2.5 GAG. Goalie Chris Osgood is 12-4 with a 2.09 GAA after allowing 34 goals, he’s recorded one shutout in these playoffs.
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- Red Wings are 12-3 in their last 15 Stanley Cup Finals games.
Detroit Red Wings vs Pittsburgh Penguins
When: Game 1, Saturday May 30, 2009 8:30 PM ET
Pick: Detroit -155
Point-Spreads.com 2009 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
The Bottom Line: The Wings are too heavily stacked to lose, while the Pens will be sent packing with nothing but an Eastern Conference title. Go Wings! Be sure to get your 2009 Stanley Cup Prediction in now at BetUS.com and receive a 10% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit.