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Pens Begin Title Defense With a Tough Back-to-Back

Their banner night spoiled by the Blues, the Penguins extended the trend that’s seen Stanley Cup winners struggle in the first game the season after hoisting the hardware. They packed up after their loss and traveled to Chicago where they’ll take on the Blackhawks in the second half of a back-to-back.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games against the Penguins.
  • The Penguins are 1-3 SU in their last 4 games on the second half of a back-to-back.
  • The Penguins are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games after losing as a favorite.

When we last saw the Blackhawks play meaningful hockey, they were swept out of the playoffs by the Predators in a series they managed to score a grand total of two goals. Chicago’s commitment to its core of superstars has seriously affected the team’s depth and this could be the season when things finally unravel.

They’ll be tested right off the bat in a matchup against the defending champs and the OddsShark supercomputer thinks it’s one they won’t pass as it’s predicting a big win for Pittsburgh.

That said, the Blackhawks have cashed the puckline in three straight games against the Penguins and they could be a good bet with the Pens beginning the season with two games in as many days.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Pittsburgh Penguins opened as 100 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring OVER/UNDER betting; watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.6-0.9 win for the Penguins on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

0-0-0 Chicago battles the Penguins, currently with a 0-0-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 37-33-16 for the Blackhawks and 1-0 for the Penguins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 23 (Chicago Blackhawks) and the No. 5 (Pittsburgh Penguins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-4 loser at home against the Blues. Bettors on St. Louis at +158 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Blackhawks were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Predators in last year's playoffs. That made winners of bettors who got Nashville at -105 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games when playing Chicago
  • Chicago is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Nashville, Saturday, October 7
Chicago home to Columbus, Saturday, October 7

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