2017 Stanley Cup Predictions: Expect Penguins to Win

Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrating

Dana Lane

Friday, May 26, 2017 5:13 PM GMT

Months ago, NHL analyst Dana Lane predicted that the Pittsburgh Penguins would win the Stanley Cup, they now stand just four wins shy of doing just that starting Monday.

Before game seven of the Eastern Conference Final my co-host on ‘Vegas Hockey Hotline’, heard daily on 1400 KSHP from 1-2 PT in Las Vegas, debated what the series price would be. The general consensus was Pittsburgh -140 to -150 depending on which one of us was speaking. We were right on as the opening number came in at Pittsburgh -150. A little high for my taste but I’m not much of a series bettor anyway. However, there are some other prop plays that have piqued my attention at SportsInteraction.

If you think the Pittsburgh Penguins will win this series by more than two games, for example, 4-0, 4-1, 4-2, you’ll receive +150 but laying -200 taking the Nashville Predators +1.5 games.

You can wager on how many games you believe it will take for either team to win the Cup with Nashville in seven being the favorite at +350, followed by Pittsburgh in six (+400) and Nashville in five or six game (+450). The longest NHL odds are a Penguins sweep (+1200). Personally, I’m taking a shot with the Penguins in six.

If you want to predict the amount of games that either team will win the Cup the six or seven win option will pay +187 with four games returning +550.

Those are the first numbers to emerge for the Stanley Cup Final but make sure to check all future options when made available.

A couple early thoughts on the series that starts Monday.

I know it’s easy to jump on the obvious fact that the Penguins have a ton of Stanley Cup Final experience but let’s be honest, it’s hard to overlook. The Penguins will be making their fourth appearance in the salary cap era, the most in the league.

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The Penguins become the first team in the NHL since the 1967 expansion to make consecutive Final appearances on three separate occasions. pic.twitter.com/NFKT2ObmbG

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No one will say that the Penguins are better without Kris Letang but it is probable that his injury forced the Penguins depth to be more engaged. Instead of relying so heavy on Letang and Shultz it gave guys like Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey more time on the ice.

Pittsburgh has given the rest of the league an example of exactly the amount of depth you need to compete for Lord Stanley’s cup.

Looking forward to seeing the first Final coached by two American born coaches (Peter Laviolette and Mike Sullivan).

 

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