The two teams contesting for the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final have finally been determined. After an epic double-overtime victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins are advancing to take on the Nashville Predators—a squad that has been waiting since it clinched the Western Conference title on May 22.
It projects to be a thrilling series between a plucky Preds team—making its first ever appearance in the Finals as just the third No. 8 seed to win a conference—and the blue blood Penguins, who are looking to defend their hard-earned title with back-to-back victories on hockey’s biggest stage.
One of the only ways to make the action on the ice more exciting is to have a wager down on it. Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has tapped his sources and come up with a pro handicapper’s take on the situation. Let’s take a look at who he is predicting to win the series, but first a quick peek at the odds and a complete schedule with information for every 2017 Stanley Cup Finals game.
2017 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule
|Game 1||Monday, May 29||8:00 p.m.||NBC|
|Game 2||Wednesday, May 31||8:00 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Game 3||Saturday, June 3||8:00 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Game 4||Monday, June 5||8:00 p.m.||NBC|
|Game 5*||Thursday, June 8||8:00 p.m.||NBC|
|Game 6*||Sunday, June 11||8:00 p.m.||NBC|
|Game 7*||Wednesday, June 14||8:00 p.m.||NBC|
Odds to Win 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins -155, Predators +135
Odds via SportsInformationTraders.com
It’s hard to not like what the Predators are doing, but their inexperience is something that has to be noted. Only a single player on the entire Nashville roster has ever appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals before. Fortunately, that player is also their captain, as Mike Fisher was part of the runner-up Ottawa Senators squad during their 2007 postseason run. Unfortunately, Fisher was injured in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals and hasn’t been seen since.