Defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 3 to 2 in 2 overtimes of their Game 7 match on May 25. The Penguins now take on the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup. Game 1 is on Monday, May 29 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. First face-off is scheduled for 8:00pm ET. Click here to bet the Stanley Cup Finals.
A Closer Look at the Nashville Predators Vs Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Odds
Pittsburgh is favored to win their second straight Stanley Cup. The Penguins are -152 favorites. Nashville is offering odds of +125 to win 4 games in the Stanley Cup 7-Game Series.
What: Stanley Cup Finals
Who: Nashville Predators (12-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (12-7)
When: Monday, September 29, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium: PPG Paints Arena
Stanley Cup Odds: Nashville +125 vs Pittsburgh -152
Game 1 Puck Line: Penguins -1.5
Game 1 Moneyline: Nashville +120 vs Pittsburgh -140
Game 1 Game Total: 5.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Nashville vs Pittsburgh
The Nashville Predators swept Chicago in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs. That set the tone for the Preds who ended up going 12-4 on the moneyline during the Western Conference Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins went 12-7 on the moneyline during the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Pens beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 to 1 in their Round 1 Series to set the tone.
Bet on the Nashville Predators +125 because…
Nashville should be well-rested. No team in NHL can win games by playing only their first line. It’s impossible. Hockey is such a physically demanding sport that managing lines is the only way beat your opponent.
Nashville coach Peter Laviollette should have a fresh team going into the Stanley Cup Series. He’ll have more flexibility with his line management than Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh’s head coach, will have.
Bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins -152 because…
Pittsburgh has faced the much better teams during the NHL Playoffs than what Nashville faced. Pittsburgh battled Columbus, Washington, and Ottawa. Columbus was no joke this season. The Blue Jackets were 50-24-6-2.
Washington beat Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals had a 51-19-3-5 record. Washington was a big favorite to win the NHL Eastern Conference. Ottawa finished second to Montreal in the Atlantic Division. The Senators had beaten Pitt 4 to 1 and 2 to 1 in their last 2 regular season matchups.
The Penguins are battle tested while it’s difficult to say that Nashville is.