Pittsburgh Penguins vs. St. Louis Blues / NHL – After a long summer break we finally welcomed the start of the strongest hockey league in the world. And at the start of NHL we have an interesting match between Pittsburgh and the Blues, two teams that have high ambitions this season. The Penguins want to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in a row, while the Blues are hoping they will be able to get further from the semi-finals this year. Begins: 05.10.2017. – 02:00 CET
The team of Pittsburgh Penguins is defending the title, who last season became the first team to defend the NHL title after 19 years. Detroit has done it last in 1998. This team now wants to make an even better result and for the third time conquer the strongest hockey league in the world. However, it will not be easy for them, because the other teams have reinforced their composition during the break, and it is certain that we will have another interesting season. The Penguins are welcoming the start of the championship without Hornqvist who has hurt his hand, so he will not be able to play in the first round. During the preparatory period, Pittsburgh has played quite changeable.
After a defeat in the first match by Buffalo after extra time, they were better than Detroit and Columbus in the next two matches. In the next game, the Penguins have admeasured forces with the Blues and experienced an unpleasant defeat of 1:4. Although they opened the match well and had already taken the lead in the second minute, there was only one team in the field. After Blues, the team of Pittsburgh lost to Detroit. In the last two rounds, they made a half effect. They were first better than Buffalo, and then lost to Columbus in the last preparatory match.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have last season ended the regular part in the fifth position of the Western Conference. In the first round of playoffs, they eliminated Minnesota without any problems, but lost to Nashville in the semi-finals with 4:2 in the series. During the preparatory period, the Blues played eight friendly matches in which they scored three wins and five defeats. They are not welcoming this season in the best mood because they have experienced the same defeat in the last three preparatory matches. They first lost from Columbus, then from Minnesota and Washington. What may be important for the upcoming match is that they have played great against Pittsburgh and have shown that they will be an unlucky opponent for all teams this season.
During the summer break, the Blues did not change the team much. They have strengthened their offence by bringing Brayden Schenna from Philadelphia instead of Jori Lehter who went in the opposite direction. The Blues are this season expecting their best player, Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals last year. What might be a problem for the Blues team is that they have a lot of injury problems before the start of the new season. Even five players are injured and will not be able to play at the opening season against the Penguins.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. St. Louis Blues PICK
Although they a few days ago suffered an unpleasant defeat on a neutral field, we think that the Penguins will play much better this time and at the opening of the season win in front of their fans.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins win
Odds: 1.95 at interwetten (down to 1.90 can be played)