National Hockey League: STL vs. PIT
St. Louis Blues (0-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0)
October 4, 2017- 8:00 PM ET (TV NBCSN) PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
The quest for their third straight Stanley Cup title will begin on Wednesday night at home as the bling-bling and raising of the banner will be held. Taking the ice for the official start of the NHL 2017-18 season, the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins will welcome in the St. Louis Blues in a contest that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Blue Lines: 5Dimes ML (+165) Spread +1.5
Best Penguins Lines: SportsBetting ML (-185) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: MyBookie 5.5
PPG Paints Arena will be electric come Wednesday night as their beloved Penguins behind superstar Sidney Crosby will celebrate their accomplishment of capturing their second consecutive Cup title.
Question is… do the Pens have enough to “three-peat” in the 2017-18 season? Pittsburgh has already five Stanley Cup titles on their resume, but ask head coach Mike Sullivan his thoughts and he firmly believes his team has the makings to win it all again.
But, unlike last season’s team which was kept widely intact, this year’s team will be without veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who is now part of the Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise.
Starting the season, the Pens will be without winger Patric Hornqvist who is dealing with off-season hand surgery.
Pittsburgh will rely on a combination of speed and skill to fuel their success in 2017.
For St. Louis, they enter their 2017 campaign with a host of injuries before the puck even drops, but after a second-round appearance in which they lost to eventual Cup runner-up Nashville, they are excited to get the season started.
Much like their opening-night counterpart, the Blues will utilize speed as well to keep a leg up on the competition, but getting healthy bodies back will be a must.
Opening Night always brings about a higher level of energy and this one will be no different with the pre-game celebration for the Penguins. For sports betting purposes for our US players, SportsBetting is favoring PIT (-185 ML) over STL with an over/under of 5.5 total game goals scored from MyBookie.
Will the Pens come out flat or on fire in their special opener? Staying with the totals, I will favor the OVER of 5.5 total game goals scored as my best betting pick.