2017 Stanley Cup Finals Opening Odds Preview & Free NHL Picks

Stanley Cup 2017 trophy held high

Kevin Stott

Sunday, May 28, 2017 5:06 PM GMT

Sunday, May. 28, 2017 5:06 PM GMT

There is nothing quite like the Stanley Cup Playoffs as it has already been proved once again this season. It took the full 7 games and the 2 more OT period for the Penguins to advance and waiting in the icy wings are the surprise and underdogs, Nashville Predators. Which team holds the betting edge?

Stanley Cup Finals Will See the Predators First Appearance & Some Familiar Faces

They say a hot Goalie can lead an NHL team to (and help win) the Stanley Cup Finals and get a grasp (and get their names etched onto forever) of professional sports’ most famous piece of silverware. The Predators outstanding Goalie’ Pekka Rinne (1.70 gpg NHL Playoffs) again proved that adage true, helping Western Conference No. 8-seed Nashville make its first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance, proving that Tennessee is that great hockey state we knew it was all along. And in Smashville, dreams of a professional sports title may soon turn into a reality for a city with no MLB or NBA teams and the zero-time Super Bowl-winning Tennessee Titans in the NFL. This means Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette bringing Lord Stanley‘s coveted Cup back to the Volunteer State might be the biggest thing that’s happened there sports-wise since legendary Head Coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Volunteers reeled off an impressive eight Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championships over 19 years (1993-2011), including three straight from 1996 to 1998.

So this could be really big for Captain Mike Fisher as Bridgestone Arena has become the loudest venue in the league as Opryland has taken a back seat to a nice cross-check into the boards. So after sweeping the conference’s top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks, eliminating a gutsy St. Louis Blues team in the Western Conference Semifinals (4-2) and then ousting the Anaheim Ducks (4-2) in the Western Conference Finals, who do Rinne (12-4 NHL Playoffs), Filip Forsberg (8 goals, 15 points NHL Playoffs), 36-year-old Canadian veteran Fisher and the second-West Wild Card Cats get as a reward?

None other than Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2 double-OT winners in a thrilling Game 7 on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh as it advanced on a Chris Kunitz goal—his second of the contest—and held off a game Ottawa Senators squad desperately trying to get a Canadian team into the the NHL’s best-of-7 championship round.

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NHL

Stanley Cup Final

Series Price

Predators    +130
Penguins     -150

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Head Coach Mike Sullivan and Penguins opened at +800 to win the 2017 Stanley Cup at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook here in sunny Sin City while the Predators opened at +2500. Here are the opening 2017 Stanley Cup Finals odds from crack oddsmaker Jeff Sherman and the world’s largest sportsbook, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook:

 

NHL Stanley Cup Winner Odds

Penguins -150 vs. Predators +130

 

Predators Playing Great, Smart Hockey in Front of Rinne, Can Win This Thing

Living legend and potential Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup on Monday night (NBC, 8 pm ET) and sportsbooks will install the host as prohibitive favorites in Game 1. However, with the Predators 3-0 in Game 1’s this Postseason and outscoring foes 8-5 in those openers while stealing the Home-ice Advantage just-like-that means backing underdog and more-rested Nashville (12-4 Postseason, 47 GF-29 GA) on Monday night is the side NHL pick in what should be a low-scoring and tight frozen-water Steel City chess match.
 

Free NHL Series Pick: Predators +130Free Game 1 Pick: Predators +1½ & Under 5 at 5Dimes

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