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Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Odds And Prediction

Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Odds And Prediction

Nashville at Pittsburgh Game 1 Odds

Top online bookmakers have flooded their National Hockey League betting boards with a variety of betting options on the Pens vs Preds. Illustrating that top chalk is not always the best wagering path in big tournaments, Pittsburgh (+800) and Nashville (+2800) were fourth and twelfth favorites respectively back in late February. Those numbers are dust in the wind now as the Penguins are (-152) series chalk while the Predators (+120) are pups during their first ever fight for Stanley.

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How Did We Get To The Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup Final?

Pittsburgh aims to be the first team to claim back-to back Cups since the Detroit Red Wings turned the double back in 1997 & 1998. Sidney Crosby & Crew can join stars Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr who were key cogs when the Pens claimed their first two Mugs in 1991 & 1992. Pittsburgh took out Columbus (4-1) Washington (4-3) and Ottawa (4-3) to earn the right to represent the Eastern Conference for the sixth time in franchise history. The Pens own a solid 4-1 Cup record.

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Predators  +1.5 (-220)  +135  o5.5 (+120)
Penguins  -1.5 (+180)  -160  u5.5 (-140)

Finishing their regular season on a 9-7-3 run, good for the Western Conference eight seed, some pundits dismissed Nashville prior to the start 2017 NHL postseason. The Cats were out of the bag after they swept #1 seed Chicago - by a 13-3 count in the first round. Though not quite toying with them like a mouse, the Predators then took down St. Louis and Anaheim in a pair of six game series. Super solid, Pekka Rinne has led the Preds to a playoff best 1.81 team goals against average.

Penguins vs Predators Game 1 Preview and Predictions - Pittsburgh 5-3 Final

Equal but opposite forces clash in the Steel City as Pittsburgh (3.05 GPG) and Nashville (2.94 GPG) both bring offensive fire power into this contest. Scoring will be easier said than done though as Pekka Rinne has played at a Conn Smyth Trophy level while posting a 1.75 GAA and a .941 save percentage over 16 postseason starts. The near-infallible Fin has turned away 446 of 474 shots.

Stepping back into the starters role, once healed from a “lower body” injury, Matt Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury after the Flower wilted a bit in the Pens 5-1 loss versus Ottawa in Game 3 of the East Final. Murray has turned aside 123 of the 130 shots he has faced over four starts and 46:57 of mop up duty. Still a rookie, by NHL standards, the Thunder Bay Blocker can earn his second Cup.

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Back on March 20, the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions were shut out of the Top Four Stanley Cup contenders positions. Those premium slots were occupied by Washington (+475) Chicago (+475) Minnesota (+650) and Pittsburgh (+650). Feeling injuries and time played would catch up with the Pens, we avoided them as Cup Champs but crashed with them during the East Final - it was brutal from the start. We first hooked to the Nashville bandwagon prior to the West Final vs Anaheim.

These teams meet in the NHL playoffs for the first time. The Penguins own a slim 12-11-2 overall series lead but have posted an 8-2-0 record dating back to February 13, 1999. Nashville won 5-1 in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh posted a 4-2 win in Music City during the regular season.  Both teams are facing a vastly different squad than the one they just knocked out. We are backing a Nashville Game 1 upset victory with 100 units on the SportsInteraction (+135) ML. These sportsbooks are the best in NHL puck wagering business - plus they welcome and respect Canadian 'Cappers.

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