Nashville vs. Pittsburgh (-160)
By Gabriel DuPont, Featured Handicapper
My last release was May 16, and it was a winner on the Nashville Predators. I've now won six of my last nine releases in the NHL, and I'm prepared to deliver in every game of the Stanley Cup Final, between the Predators and defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
It may be a total, it could be a side, but one way or another, I plan on closing out this season strong, with action in every game being played. And I want you aboard for the winner.
With Game 1, I want you on the total with me. I see it as the only one way to go with this game, as I look for my seventh 50 Dimer winner in 10 releases.
DO NOT MISS THIS OVER/UNDER
I see supreme value in this price, and I feel you cannot afford to miss this total.
Now look, since June of last year, I've released just 10 totals in all sports, and yes I've split them, going 5-5. But overall since being a part of this company, I've released 37 totals, and I'm 26-11 with all Over/Unders.
There is only thing worth playing with this game, and it is the total...
NHL Winner #20 of 34
TOTAL WINNER # 27 OF 38
NHL Winner # 7 of 10
My $10 bettors have made
$8,450 with plays rated 50 Dimes or higher
I love the price I'm getting with my total in Game 1, and I know you cannot pass up value like this - EVER!
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It's time for some championship action, on ice and hardwood. And let's get the prediction out of the way: I think the Pittsburgh Penguins will become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to win consecutive Stanley Cups.
I can appreciate the road traveled by the feisty Nashville Predators, with gritty series wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks. But the seasoned Penguins are a championship crew that know how to win games, led by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Add in goaltender Pekka Rinne, and I think the Predators are going to have a tough time in this series on the whole.
Nashville, in its first Stanley Cup Final in the franchise's 18-year history, had the better record overall, but statistically was a bit average on defense. The Predators ranked 15th in goals against average, 16th in shots against average and 15th in penalty kill.
For me, it's going to take a damn-near flawless defensive effort to slow the experienced Penguins, who have won the Cup in 1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016. And it's generally because of the same type of offense that ranked No. 1 in goals per game and shots per game. The Pens also ranked 3rd in the league in power play percentage.
Sure, the Predators are an impressive 29-20 on the road this season, but dating back, Pittsburgh has won 63 of 84 at home. The teams split the regular season series, each winning at home, with Nashville skating to a 5-1 victory on Oct. 22 and Pittsburgh scoring a 4-2 win on Jan. 31. And if this one goes seven, the Pens have the home-ice edge.
What makes things harder for the Preds to overcome, is prior to this season the road team had won four straight meetings, and it was Pittsburgh winning three of those games. Pittsburgh has also won eight of the last 10 meetings overall - four of the last five in Steeltown.
Sorry Nashville fans, but I'm taking Pittsburgh to repeat this year, and advising you to lay the series price with the champs.
2* PENGUINS SERIES
Nashville at PITTSBURGH (5'un, -135)
By Jeff Benton, Featured Handicapper
Solid holiday weekend set to close today with another winner.
Back-to-back 60 Dime Winners the past 2 days.
Now 14 of the last 22 days on the winning side.
It's high-time to get back on a winning tear, and for me to deliver another winner.
For Monday, 60 Dime N.L. Best Bet # 3 in a Row - Nationals-Giants.
Book it, because it's a winner.
Benton bangs home another winner!
Monday free play is the Predators and the Penguins to skate to an Over in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.
I know full well that both Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray are capable of walling up and stopping a ton of shots, but I also know that this is the first meeting between the teams since way back on January 31st, and the Over cashed in not once, but twice in as many meetings between the teams this season.
The Over has hit 3 straight when these teams have skated, and the last time the Predators skated in their Eastern Conference Final clincher over Anaheim, they lit the lamp 6 times and allowed 3 to score against them in an Over. Nashville enters at 2-2-2 Over the total their last 6 this postseason, while Pittsburgh is 2-1-2 Over in their last 5 this postseason.
I have a feeling that we are going to see some goals tonight before we settle into a series where goals will eventually be harder to come by.
Let's play it Over in Game One on Monday night.
1* NASHVILLE-PITTSBURGH OVER