Since 1989, just two NHL franchises have managed to win back-to-back Stanley Cups, and one of those teams managed to do it twice. That was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won in 1990-91 and 1991-92 and again in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Penguins like to do things in pairs. They also played in consecutive Cup finals one other time, losing to Detroit in 2007-08 and beating the Red Wings in 2008-09.
For the Penguins, it all starts with the game’s most complete player, captain Sidney Crosby.
Still, on the subject of doubles, Crosby is a two-time playoff MVP and he and teammate Evgeni Malkin are two of just four active players who’ve been MVP of the regular season and postseason, along with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Chicago’s Patrick Kane.
The Penguins can score in bunches. Beyond Crosby and Malkin, who’ve both led the NHL in scoring, forward Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel and defenseman Kris Letang are all prolific point producers.
Pittsburgh is a consistently safe bet to win at home, but despite the punch they pack in attack, are just as likely to go under on the total as they are to go over, backstopped by one of the game’s best young goalies in Matt Murray, who actually won the Stanley Cup twice while still qualifying as an NHL rookie.
When seeking out a sportsbook with which to make wagers on Penguins hockey games, FanDuel is an ideal place to set up shop. You’ll find all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a quality online sportsbook – money line, puck line and total wagering, an array of props including a 60-minute line, player performance doubles and total bets on home team goals and away team goals.
Live betting options feature the first team to score, the last team to score and races to two, three and four goals. There is also money line wagering offered on each period of play.
On top of that, FanDuel also offers daily fantasy sports plays, and with players like Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel in the lineup, you’d be wise to build a fantasy team around such a quality talent pool.