NHL Playoffs Odds: Sharks Face Elimination Against Canucks
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Bodog Sportsbook
The San Jose Sharks are now the longest of the longshots on the NHL betting board to win the Stanley Cup; to improve those odds they'll need to beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5 of the Western Conference final on Tuesday night.
The Sharks fell into a 3-1 series hole with a 4-2 home loss to the Canucks in Game 4 of the series on Sunday afternoon. That defeat dropped San Jose to +2000 on the Bodog NHL Stanley Cup odds board. Vancouver leads the current Stanley Cup odds at -160.
Sunday was a day to forget for Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, who allowed four goals on just 13 Canucks shots in the loss. That included three power-play markers over the span of two minutes in the middle of the second period.
Sami Salo scored twice with the man advantage for the Canucks in Game 4, while Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows had the team's other goals. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin combined for seven assists in the contest, and Roberto Luongo made 33 saves.
Andrew Desjardins and Ryane Clowe replied for the Sharks in Sunday's loss, while San Jose center Joe Thornton had to leave the game in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Thornton leads the team with 17 points in 17 playoff games, and is probable to play on Tuesday.
Vancouver played without defencemen Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) and Aaron Rome (upper body) in Game 4, while forward Mikael Samuelsson will miss the rest of the postseason.
The Canucks are -170 favorites on the Bodog odds for Game 5, with the Sharks listed as the +150 underdogs. The total sits at 5.5 goals.
If the Canucks fail to finish off the Sharks on Tuesday night the two teams will return to San Jose for Game 6 on Thursday. Game 7 would be in Vancouver on Saturday.
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