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Penguins vs. Blackhawks Betting Preview (October 16, 2021)

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Pittsburgh’s offense, expected to start slowly without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel (for the opener anyway), has been a pleasant surprise to start the season. The Penguins scored 10 goals against two top teams on the road –Tampa Bay and Florida– to start the season, and now get to come home for their own home opener at PPG Paint Arena.

Meanwhile, Chicago was given a raw deal on their schedule, having to open the season with three road games in four nights in Colorado, New Jersey and now Pittsburgh. After losing to the Avalanche, the Blackhawks were able to muster a point in a OT loss to the Devils and will look to even up this road trip with a win over the Penguins

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Let’s take a look at this matchup between Pittsburgh and Chicago, from a betting perspective in our Penguins vs. Blackhawks betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.

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Penguins vs. Blackhawks Odds

Here are the lines for Penguins vs. Blackhawks at DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Blackhawks (+1.5 -165), Penguins (-1.5 +145)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (+125), Penguins (-155)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-110), Under 6 (-110)

Bets We Like with a Penguins Win

Penguins to win and both teams score three-plus goals in regulation (+625, BetMGM)

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This is a unique Bet being offered by BetMGM for this game, and one that makes a lot of sense. The Blackhawks have struggled a little defensively to start the season as they are trying to assimilate a lot of new or newish players onto their roster. Combine that with an inability to practice here in the opening week of the season because of the condensed game schedule, and it’s likely they’ll continue to struggle until they have time to fix it on practice ice when they get home.

Meanwhile, the Pens are getting offense from throughout the lineup as their depth is showing through early this season, meaning they’ll likely get at least three goals at home. The question is, can the Penguins get their defense in line to limit the Blackhawks? They weren’t great against Florida Thursday, and although they seemed to limit the Lightning in the season opener, that one was more of the play of goalie Tristan Jarry then it was solid team defense.

This one could have a lot of fireworks, especially early in the season between non-conference opponents. This is a bet that could pay huge dividends for you.

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Bets We Like with a Blackhawks Win

Patrick Kane to score a goal (+165, DraftKings)

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We could have picked any one of the Blackhawks top forwards here and gotten good odds. Chicago has netted three power play goals already and their power play unit is pretty lethal. Given opportunities against the Penguins, we like them to continue that streak. Kane is, of course, their top guy, so we like him at these odds, but you can also get Alex DeBrincat (+165), Dominik Kubalik (+195), Tyler Johnson (+290) and Kirby Dach (+390).

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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome

OVER 5.5 goals (-140, FanDuel Sportsbook)

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You can get an alternative total on Fan Duel for this game at pretty good odds. Simply guaranteeing yourself a win at six goals only costs -140. It’s a worthwhile bet to improve the odds on what we we expect to be a higher scoring affair. We think you can win betting the OVER at 6 as well, but why not buy yourself the extra goal to play with if it’s not going to cost much?

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Penguins vs. Panthers Prediction

Chicago will push to make end this road trip on a positive note, but the reality is the Penguins made a nice statement on the road in Florida and now look to come home and impress in front of the hometown fans. We think they’ll do that, and we think Chicago will keep it close, until the Pens get an empty-netter to seal the deal late in the third.

Prediction: Penguins 5, Blackhawks 3

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Russ Joy is a sports betting editor for XL Media PLC, co-host of Snow The Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, a Flyers writer for CrossingBroad.com, and the Crossing Broad Podcast Network Director. A graduate of West Chester University of PA and California University of PA. Russ is also a husband and father of three. Follow him on Twitter: @JoyOnBroad Email: russell.joy@xlmedia.com

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