Penguins open as favorites to win Stanley Cup over Predators

After a grueling 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins opened as favorites in Las Vegas to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Pittsburgh opened as a minus-150 favorite for the series at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, while the Nashville Predators are a plus-130 underdog. A $100 bet on the Penguins would win $66.67, while that same bet on the Predators would win $130.

Pittsburgh opened the playoffs tied with Anaheim and the New York Rangers with the fourth-best odds to win the Stanley Cup at 10-1. Nashville was tied for the third-worst odds at 30-1 and was a large +170 underdog against the Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1.

After defeating the Stanley Cup favorites — the Washington Capitals — in the conference semis, Pittsburgh took over as the 7-4 Stanley Cup favorites entering the Eastern Conference finals.

Game 1 will be Monday night at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby became the 86th NHL player to join the 1,000th club

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby is the newest member of the NHL’s 1,000-point club.

Pittsburgh Penguins became the league’s 86th in history, reaching 1,000 career points when he helped Chris Kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first Thursday night to Winnipeg’s period.

Crosby’s assistant gave him 632 assists to 368 goals. Crosby reached a milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th.

At the time of the outbreak of the PPG Paint Arena, Kunitz rushed into a feed from Crosby, bringing Pittsburgh 2-0 lead. Crosby tribute to the crowd in the next game. Crosby is the third penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.