All Eyes on Rogers Arena in Vancouver for Stanley Cup …

The pinnacle of the 2010-11 NHL season is upon us, and with it comes the last chance this year for placing wagers on arguably the best and most exciting playoff season in the world and it’s apex, Stanley Cup Finals. There’s no tomorrow for the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins. Throw out the records at home and away for both teams, because every player on the ice can play without thought of saving energy or effort for another game. This is simply what being a sports fan is all about; a great game between two storied teams, plenty of drama, and a trophy on the line in a game with over a hundred years of heritage behind it. Without a doubt this game is the first option for online sports betting on Wednesday, and if you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching or wagering on this Stanley Cup Finals series or the NHL playoffs as a whole, do yourself a favor and drop a bet or two on tonight’s game, and settle in for the most exciting showdown of the year live from Vancouver, B.C. Tonight’s match-up is a top story line at any one of the best sports betting websites reviewed right here, but for today we’re choosing one of our personal favorite sportsbooks, at the Superbook.com sportsbook (read the review of Superbook.com), for a couple wagers on game.

As the trend of home victories continues into the betting lines at Superbook.com, not surprisingly Vancouver holds the favorite for tonight’s contest, with the Canucks getting a -145 nod on the money line. A low over/under at 5 goals is to be expected, considering two games at Vancouver have ended 1-0, and only one reached 5 goals (in Game 2′s overtime session). Perhaps the best marker for this final Game 7 lies with the line, as no doubt a 1 goal margin towards the end of the game will find one of the two best goalies in the league off the ice, and the other holding firm behind a solid defensive wall during 6 on 5 hockey. Though there’s a strong possibility of overtime tonight, I’m forced to back Daniel Sedin’s guarantee of a home victory tonight, and shoot for a final score of 3-1 as Roberto Luongo once again bounces back at home, and the Canucks outskate the Bruins down the home stretch behind the deafening cheers of the home crowd. Or so I hope, and so does my 20 bucks! This is where the home advantage pays off for the Vancouver Canucks, as even though they’ve dropped their last 3 of 4 to the Bruins who’ve outscored them 17-3 while in Boston, they’ve shown their best form on home ice, staying strong and composed in low-scoring showdowns. With the final NHL Hockey wager of the 2010-11 season, make your best bet at the top sportsbook at Superbook.com, and be prepared for a thrilling conclusion no matter which side has the higher goal tally at the end of the game.

Moving onwards to the flock of Major League Baseball games available for betting on sports, we’ll continue to stay with the Philadelphia Phillies, who have been riding great pitching of late and seem to be getting their run scoring potential back with the current series against the Florida Marlins. Against Triple-A call-up Elih Villanueva today, Kyle Kendrick is the right horse to back, and look out for the Phillies to overpower the punchless Florida Marlins in the first game of the double-header. For the second match-up, Roy Halladay seeks to be the first 10-game winner on the season, however against Annibal Sanchez, the Marlins will get at least a little better shot at keeping the Phillies’ bats in check. Look for low scoring to be the name of the game, but Halladay’s dominance to reign supreme at home. Check out a great pitching duel in Tampa Bay as Jeremy Hellickson tries to continue to shut down the Boston offense, while Josh Beckett trying to continue his recent dominance into today (though notably struggling historically at Tropicana Field, going 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in his last 4 starts). Hellickson certainly should be better than his last outing, his worst of the season, and with the Boston bats likely cooling off in this series as they traditionally do in Florida, we’ll side with an under bet on total runs, but take Boston behind Becket to even the 3-game series at 1 game apiece. Watch for the continuing surge of the Detroit Tigers, who claimed 1st place in the AL Central after last night’s shutout victory over Cleveland, as their league-leading offense roughs up Indians’ pitcher Fausto Carmona, who’s been one of the worst starters in the majors with an ERA near 10.00 while losing his last 5 starts. Tough place to bounce back here. Though he’s struggled to get run support this year, fortunes eventually will improve for San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, who faces the Arizona Diamondbacks and hopes for a similar offensive outing as yesterday’s 6-5 win for the Giants. We’re backing a win over Arizona and Joe Saunders today, to round out another set of great betting options at Superbook.com, however make sure to check out all the great sports betting options on tap at any one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, and have fun checking out the conclusion of tonight’s Stanley Cup Finals!

Aaron G.

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