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NHL Weekend Odds: Penguins the Chalk

First place in the Metropolitan Division will be on the line this weekend when the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders face off in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday night.

Pittsburgh has emerged as a 13/2 favorite in Stanley Cup futures at Bovada following a 13-3-1 start that has them in first place in the Metropolitan. The Penguins are a strong 4/7 moneyline favorite for Friday’s game against the Islanders at Consol Energy Centre.

The Penguins have posted SU wins in 10 of their last 11, giving up just 11 total goals in their 10 victories, with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recording three shutouts during that stretch.

The Islanders head into the weekend just three points back of Pittsburgh after picking up SU wins in five of their last six, averaging five goals a game in their last three wins, but they dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Pens in October as 3/2 moneyline underdogs at Bovada.

The Boston Bruins will look to gain ground on the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night as early 2/3 moneyline favorites.

The Bruins, who have struggled to a 12-8-0 start to their season, maintain strong 17/2 odds in Stanley Cup futures betting after recording wins in five of their last seven, and have posted six straight wins over the Blue Jackets, who have endured a disappointing 6-11-1 start.

The B’s will face stiffer competition on Saturday when they return home to face the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. It is the second meeting in 10 days between the bitter rivals, following a brutal 5-1 loss in Montreal last weekend.

The St. Louis Blues will look to bounce back from a dismal 4-1 loss in Montreal on Thursday as they continue their current road swing through Canada with a pair of weekend matchups.

The Blues, who join the favorites in Stanley Cup betting at Bovada with odds of 10/1, visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon before moving on to Winnipeg for a Sunday afternoon date with the Jets.

After dropping a 3-2 decision to the Senators on Thursday night, the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators return home for a Saturday tilt with the Florida Panthers. The 12-5-2 Preds have been one of the early surprises of the NHL season, but still trail the pack in NHL futures betting at Bovada with middling odds of 25/1.

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