The Stanley Cup Finals continue with Game 2 tonight between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. The Kings won Game 1 in overtime 3-2 overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the process.
The odds on bookmakers such as Bovada and topbet are very similar to the ones for Game 1 of the series.
As of early Saturday morning, the same odds available in Game 1 are available on betonline and sportsbook.com for Game 2.
Currently the Kings are sitting on -150 and the Rangers +140. The lines are priced well and books are getting a great deal of action leading up to Game 2.
The total goals is sitting on five for Game 2 with the OVER on +100 and the UNDER on -120. That is exactly where the over/under was in Game 1.
Due to the results from Game 1, it is not surprising the lines are nearly the exact same thing for Game 2.
New York showed during the first game they could play with the Kings, but Los Angeles was able to assert itself during the all-important third period dominating the entire 20 minutes.
The Rangers made it to overtime thanks to strong play from goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal total was five for Game 1.
Which means everything expected by odds makers came out in Game 1, the Kings were favored and won and the goal total was 5 and 5 were scored.
One odds maker cannot believe the goal total has remained at 5 for Games 1 and 2. The Kings score more than any other team in the playoffs and with the score tied 2-2 during the second period all eyes were on the OVER.
The only thing that has changed for bookmakers for odds between Games 1 and 2 is the series price.
The price of the series was Los Angeles -180 but has now gone up to -280, with New York sitting on +250.
This is obviously a fair change in price given Los Angeles was the favorite and won the first game. However, this season’s playoffs have shown that the series can changes in a heartbeat, so some Rangers supporters might see a possible opportunity with the line.
The series is very up-tempo with scoring opportunities plentiful. Lundqvist played terrific in Game 1, but it appears Los Angeles was able to solve him. With each goal, the Kings shot high at his blocker side.
The Kings were saved by the saves made by Jonathan Quick in Game 1, however he has not been a model of consistency this season.
With that in mind, the best way to take this game is with the OVER. Until bookmakers put it at 5.5, the OVER is a good choice.