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Penguins vs. Stars Betting Odds, Pick, Prediction (October 19, 2021)

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Penguins vs. Stars Betting

On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins will play host to the Dallas Stars at the PPG Paints Arena. The Stars are 1-2-0 on the season, while the undermanned Penguins are 2-0-1.

Let’s get into  our Penguins vs. Stars Betting pick with player prop predictions, odds, and analysis for this October 19, 2021 matchup.

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Penguins-Stars Preview

The early season has been two different brands of hockey for the Penguins and Stars through the first few games.

For the Penguins, it has been up-tempo, high octane offense, trying to win a track meet each game. For the Stars it’s been tight-checking, low scoring, slog-it out, defensive hockey.

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The two styles will collide tonight in an interesting non-conference matchup as the Penguins look to win again before getting a few days off while the Stars look to finish their season-opening four game road trip on a high note.

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

Penguins vs. Stars Odds

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

Spread: Stars (+1.5 -210), Penguins (-1.5 +175)
Moneyline: Stars (+105), Penguins (-125)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-105), Under 5.5 (-115)

Bets We Like with a Penguins Win

Jeff Carter OVER 0.5 points (+190, BetMGM)

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The Penguins are without some prolific offensive players, but they’re still putting pucks in the net. That’s because vets like Jeff Carter have stepped up to fill top 6 roles and be productive.

Carter is the Penguins de facto first line center and has been integral to their offensive out put so far. While Danton Heinen may be the surprise leader in goals for the Penguins at this point, Carter and veteran defenseman Kris Letang each lead the team with four points. They’ll have to continue to provide offense for the Penguins to keep winning. (Letang is -125 for the same bet, which is why we went with Carter – better odds.)

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Bets We Like with a Stars Win

Stars to WIN the first period (+205, FanDuel Sportsbook)

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Dallas is a better team when it has the lead than playing from behind, and we know Pittsburgh likes to jump out on teams, as they have in each game so far. So, if the Stars are going to win today, they’ll need to get on the board early and force Pittsburgh to try and claw back. As such, look for an early push from the Stars – especially as they at the end of the road trip. It’s easy to have tired legs after playing in four cities in six days. Dallas’ best chance in this game is early. So, if you think they can win. Take them to win the first period.

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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome

Stars to win and OVER 5.5 goals (+330, DraftKings)

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Each of Pittsburgh’s games to this point have been seven goals or more. Each of the stars games have been five goals or fewer. Something is bound to give.

The thinking here is the Penguins offense finally comes back to earth a bit and isn’t as dangerous as it’s been to this point in the season. Meanwhile, Dallas gets an empty netter to win a tight game and beat the over.

It’s good odds considering Dallas is just +105 on the money line. We think you should give it a shot.

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Penguins vs. Stars Prediction

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The Stars score early in this one. Maybe even a couple of goals, surprising the Penguins. Pittsburgh claws back and gets back into the game. Maybe even tying it. But Dallas finally breaks through with third period goal and then an empty netter. Yes, that’s a lot of crystal balling going on with this pick. It just has that kind of feel to it. The Penguins have been riding the shoulders of players not expected to carry such weight. Meanwhile, Dallas doesn’t want to limp home for their opener with three straight losses and their one win coming in overtime. This sets up as the Penguins first regulation loss of the season.

Prediction: Stars 4, Penguins 2.

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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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