We Are In For A Thrilling Stanley Cup Series
The Stanley Cup started off with a game for the ages on Monday in Game 1 between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Predators are enjoying their first ever Stanley Cup appearance but it was a rough start for Nashville. They scored the first goal of the game but it was waved off after an offside challenge which then led to a huge run for the Penguins who scored three goals in the first period. They were able to settle down and really dominated the majority of the next two periods, tying the game at three before ultimately losing the game late.
We are hoping that Game 1 is a sign of things to come and that this series is one for the books. As we continue into the series, fans should know the Stanley Cup betting odds for each team, as well as preview what’s to come in Game 2, which is at 8 pm tonight.
2017 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
For you gambling fans out there, the 2017 Stanley Cup betting odds are posted at all of the legal online sportsbooks on the web. Right now the Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorite to win the series as they are listed at -240 at Bovada Sportsbook, while the Predators are at +200.
The Game 2 betting odds for the Stanley Cup see the Predators have a moneyline of +125, while the Pens are favored to win with odds at -145. The total is listed at 5.5, which could be a good bet after a 8 goal outing in Game 1.
Stanley Cup Game 2 Preview
Before Game 1, if you would have told me that the Predators would outshoot the Penguins 26 to 12 and score three goals, I would have never guessed they would lose the game. They had an outstanding opportunity to steal one on the road but couldn’t seal the deal late.
ESPN’s John Buccigross tweeted about how important Game 2 is for the Predators saying that the “Team winning game 1 of the SCF goes on to win series 78% of the time..Teams leading SCF 2-0, have gone on to win series 90% of the time”.
That being said, Game 1 was Nashville’s first ever Stanley Cup game ever and they were in control for most of the game, so they are clearly good enough to beat the odds. Their defense was terrific and they peppered Penguins goaltender Matt Murray with shots all game, Murray just happened to play a terrific game
SportsBettingStates.com noticed Pittsburgh played badly in the first matchup, which really makes Nashville’s loss even worse and it’s hard to believe that the Pens will notch back to back performances like that. While the odds are legitimately against the Predators, there’s no denying that they have a shot. Especially once the series gets back to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, where the Predators have won 10 of their 11 contests in the postseason.