avatar Written by Graeme & Scott on Monday, May 29th, 2017

Tonight sees the kick off of the Stanley Cup 2017 Finals as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Nashville Predators.

This is going to be a very interesting series. Both teams have had their fair share of injuries throughout the playoffs. The Preds will have Mike Fisher back tonight it looks like and they really need him to produce.

The Penguins got here by breezing through their first round matchup with the Blue Jackets 4-1. They had a much tougher series against the Capitals however with it going to 7 games. They also went to 7 games with the Senators with some odd results such as blowouts both for and against them.

The Predators crushed the Blackhawks 4-0 in the first series. The Blues were a tricky opposition in the second round but the Predators delivered with 3 wins out of 3 at home to beat them in 6 games then beat the Ducks in 6 as well.

Here are our thoughts on who will win the Stanley Cup – and unfortunately we don’t agree. We met up yesterday to discuss it and argued over it for an hour.

Penguins vs Predators Series Betting Tips:

Scott: Well one look at the sportsbooks and you’ll see that the Penguins are the heavy favorites.

They have incredible depth at forward and goalie and two of the best players on the planet with Crosby and Malkin.  Where the Pens are weak right now is on defense with injuries.

And thats where the Preds have the major edge with Subban, Josi, Ellis and Ekholm.  But at the center position the Preds have two big injuries.  Johansen is out for the playoffs and captain Mike Fisher is a game time decision.  Center is a crucial position in the playoffs and the Pens are great there.

I want the Preds to win their first Stanley Cup but it’s going to be a tough task for them.  They have gotten to the finals thanks to Rinne and their D and beaten some tough competition along the way.  They deserve the Cup.

But the Penguins can become the first team in 19 years to win back to back Cups.  They know what it takes to win the cup and that experience is going to go a long way in this series.  I do like the Preds to win a couple games though but I’m not sure they can win this series against this stacked Penguins team.

I’m going with the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup  and I think they will do it in 6 games.

Graeme: I love the way that the Predators dug in deep when it mattered against the Ducks.

Despite the injuries they showed what a team they were and beat the Ducks in Game 5 and Game 6. What’s notable is they did it convincingly.

The Penguins never did that against the Senators. They lost in Game 6 and then won in double OT in Game 7. The fact is they struggled to make it in while the Predators have made it here on the back of confident performances.

This really feels like a pickem to me and the odds are too juicy to ignore.

Predators in 7 games.

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