Capitals Favored Over Penguins as NHL Playoffs Reach Second Round

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Two of the NHL’s biggest stars will face each other in the postseason for the first time since 2009 when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals play host to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday in Game 1 of their second-round set as -130 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

The red-hot Penguins have emerged as Stanley Cup contenders following their first-round victory over New York, outscoring the Rangers by a 21-10 margin in their 4-1 series win.

Pittsburgh has now won 18 of their past 21 games heading into Thursday night’s Penguins vs. Capitals betting matchup at Verizon Center, and have clawed their way to the top of the Stanley Cup odds, joining Washington as +375 favorites to raise the hardware in mid-June.

Crosby played a key role in Pittsburgh’s first-round success, tallying eight points in five games. Crosby and Ovechkin last went head-to-head in the second round of the 2009 playoffs; the Penguins took the series in seven en route to a Stanley Cup championship.

This year, however, the Capitals hold the edge in NHL series prices with -130 odds. Washington has never advanced past the second round of the playoffs during Ovechkin’s decade in the nation’s capital. Pittsburgh sports +110 odds on the series prices to return to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013.

In other Stanley Cup playoff action, it’s a dead heat on the series prices between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, who each sport -110 odds ahead of Game 1 of their second-round series at American Airlines Center on Friday night.

The Blues needed seven games to eliminate the defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks in their first-round series, and are 6-1 in their past seven dates with Dallas, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

However, the Stars’ 5-4 loss to Minnesota in Game 5 of their first-round series marked their only defeat in their past nine home dates, and Dallas trailed only Washington during the regular season with 28 victories on home ice.

Elsewhere, the New York Islanders continue to surprise, taking a 1-0 lead in their second-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night.

The Islanders entered Game 1 as +123 underdogs on the NHL series prices at the sportsbooks, but should be sporting much more favorable odds when they hit the ice at Amalie Arena for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Watch Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers: How to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel, Dates, Times


How to watch Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers

On Monday, September 20, Detroit Lions face the Green Bay Packers in a regular NFL season game.

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  • Who: Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers
  • When:Monday, September 20 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Network: ESPN


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How to watch Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader tonight on NBCSN: St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights

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This week on NBCSN features an exciting Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader. First Ryan O’Reilly and the St. Louis Blues take on Jared Spurgeon and the Minnesota Wild at 7:00 p.m. ET with coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. with NHL Live. Following the Blues/Wild game, Mark Stone and the Vegas Golden Knights will host Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET to finish off the night.  Watch online or with the NBC Sports App. Click here for the latest statsscores, and division standings.

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Wednesday Night Hockey Doubleheader:

How to watch the St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild:

  • Where: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • When: Wednesday, April 28
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET; coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. with NHL Live
  • TV Channel: NBCSN
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

How to watch Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights:

  • Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • When: Wednesday, April 28
  • Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBCSN
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

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