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Penguins Begin 2nd Consecutive Cup Defense as Home Faves

We’re just hours from puck drop on a brand-new NHL season and while they won’t officially break the ice on the campaign – that honor belongs to the Maple Leafs and Jets – the Penguins will get to raise yet another Stanley Cup banner to the rafters before taking on the St. Louis Blues as moneyline favorites.

  • The Penguins were 41-7-6 SU on home ice last season.
  • Defending Stanley Cup champions are 3-7 SU in their 1st game the following season after winning.
  • Jake Allen posted an .862 save percentage in 8 games played against the Metropolitan last season.

Sidney Crosby and the Pens will stop at nothing in their quest for a third consecutive Cup and with a healthy defense corps as well as a stud goalie in Matt Murray ready to go for game No. 1, it’s hard not to love them on their banner night.

Speaking of Murray, he’ll be looking to make an impression in his first game as the Penguins’ undisputed No. 1 netminder and will bring in a .925 save percentage in 62 career starts for Pittsburgh. The Blues will counter with Jake Allen, a goalie who was spectacular in the playoffs after a disappointing first half last season that saw him post an ugly .897 save percentage.

St. Louis, a team that’s been decimated by injuries, was forced to sign Scottie Upshall to fill in some big-league minutes and beyond the second line is fairly shallow. The Penguins lost a little depth in the offseason as well but the top two lines are so good that it doesn’t matter.

A good betting strategy, if you're not confident about either side tonight, is to blindly bet the OVER. Goals tend to come in hot and heavy the first few games of the season with goalies adjusting to the full-game speed. Last season, the league OVER/UNDER record was 20-9-7 after six days.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting St. Louis Blues in this one, the Blues listed earlier today as underdogs of +265 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those OVER/UNDER totals betting saw the number open in the area of 3.5, depending on the book.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3.6-1.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penguins finished 66-28-13 last season; in comparison, the St. Louis Blues were 52-34-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh was 58-42-7 OU, and St. Louis was 36-43-14 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 6-ranked St. Louis Blues, according to the latest NHL power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 1-ranked offense last season (3.36 goals per game) against a St. Louis Blues defense that ranked No. 9 at 2.59 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay clicked at a 22.75% rate while the Blues had a 84.23% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Predators at -167 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Predators on June 11 to clinch the Stanley Cup. Bettors who backed the Penguins at +100 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
  • St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis home to Dallas, Saturday, October 7
Pittsburgh at Chicago, Thursday, October 5