The new NHL will open a duel between defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The home club in front of him will solemnly hoist a flag under the ceiling of its arena commemorating his historic third overall triumph in the NHL.
The “Lightning” will attack the third Stanley Cup in a row
The core of the highly successful Tampa Bay team remained buried and the “lightning bolts” are once again one of the strongest teams in the competition. After the third Stanley Cup in a row, they will again be led by an extremely striking offensive with players such as Nikita Kučerov, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Ondřej Palát, offensive defender Victor Hedman and others. There is security in the person in the person of Andrei Vasilevsky. The Slovak defender Erik Černák is also a part of the championship team.
Pittsburgh will start without injured props
There were no major changes in Pittsburgh either. The team’s strongest weapon will continue to be an attack led by Sidney Crosby, Yevgeny Malkin, Jake Guentzel, or offensive defender Kris Letang. However, the biggest stars of “penguins” have been in the team for a long time and the staff is gradually aging. After all, apart from Guentzel, the other three nominees are already 34 and 35 years old, respectively, and they will not pull the top-level team forever. In addition, Crosby, Malkin and Guentzel are missing from the start of the season due to injuries, and today Zach Aston-Rees and Mike Matheson are also questioning starts.
WHAT DO WE RECOMMEND TO TIP?
Tampa Bay – Pittsburgh – 1
Number of goals – more than 5.5
Number of goals Tampa Bay – more than 3.5
The star team of the Stanley Cup defender should consult at home with Pittsburgh, which is weakened by the biggest stars, without any major problems, while showing its great attacking power.