When arguably the best player in the world hits the shelf with an unpredictable injury, Stanley Cup odds need to be adjusted.
NHL Stanley Cup odds
The Penguins were set as +275 favourites to defend their Stanley Cup title before Crosby was cross-checked in the head by Matt Niskanen in Game 3. Now that the captain is out for at least Wednesday’s Game 4 and possibly much longer than that, Pittsburgh’s championship odds have dropped to +350, behind the Edmonton Oilers and the Nashville Predators. The Oilers are now Cup favourites at +275, with Nashville pegged at +333.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffers fourth concussion
The Penguins aren’t saying much about Crosby’s injury, although coach Mike Sullivan did say that the team is “optimistic and hopeful that we will get him back in a timely fashion” and that Crosby’s demeanor was “very positive.”
Whether Crosby is sidelined a game, a week, a month or year is anyone’s guess. At this point, the severity of this injury can’t be overstated – it’s entirely possible that Sidney Crosby may never play another NHL game. That’s the long-term worst-case scenario at the moment and something that would be a terrible loss not only to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but to the sport of hockey itself.
Right now, the defending Stanley Cup champions have their work cut out for them. Outside of Crosby’s absence, they’re also without winger Connor Sheary (who also suffered a concussion in Game 3), defenceman Kris Letang (out for the season), and goaltender Matt Murray (out indefinitely).
NHL Betting Odds
With injuries piling up, the Penguins may hold a 2-1 series lead, but now they’re now pegged as +110 underdog for Game 4. Pittsburgh’s odds to win the series have also dropped from -164 to -141.
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