Stanley Cup Final action report: Books taking in plenty of money on underdog Sharks

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We’ve finally reached the Stanley Cup Final in the NHL playoffs, with Game 1 set for 8 p.m. Eastern Monday night. Covers talks about the matchup with Jeff Stoneback, manager of The Mirage sportsbook on the Las Vegas Strip, and with an oddsmaker for online site BetNow.

San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins – Open: Penguins -150; Move: Penguins -135

Pittsburgh rallied to take the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, notching a 5-2 road victory to stave off elimination in Game 6, then coming home and posting a 2-1 Game 7 victory Thursday night. That was one day after the Sharks finished off St. Louis in the Western Conference finals with a 5-2 Game 6 victory at home.

“We’ve got good two-way action,” Stoneback said. “They’re betting both sides. We haven’t had any limit plays, but a lot of tickets are written on both the Sharks and the Penguins.”

The Mirage pegged the Penguins at -150 to win the series and lift the Stanley Cup. The Sharks were at +130, but saw that line shift due to a sizable wager.
“Today, we took a big bet on the Sharks, so they’re now at +120,” Stoneback said.

BetNow also adjusted the Pens to -135 favorites for Game 1, with the Sharks going from +125 to +115.

“Despite the Penguins being at home and being the favorites, the action we have so far has the Sharks as the heavily picked option,” BetNow’s oddsmaker said. “At first, we thought it was due to Nick Bonino skipping practice on Sunday for Pittsburgh, but after he was cleared, the action remains in favor of the Sharks, 60 percent to 40 percent.”

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.

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