The 2021 NHL season is rolling with a 56-game schedule. There will be no fans to begin the season in most NHL arenas, but teams will still play in their home cities and travel for road games. The Penguins will play in the NHL’s East Division, meaning they’ll play their seven division opponents eight times each.
These opponents will include the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, and the Buffalo Sabres.
The Penguins have established themselves as one of the elite teams in the NHL thanks to their generational talent like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins have even won three of the last 11 Stanley Cups. This season, they look forward to rebounding after what was a disappointing season based on their standards.
On this page you’ll find the best Penguins odds available at PA online sportsbooks plus a guide to hockey betting alongside key Penguins facts & figures.
It’s getting late for franchise players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Do the superstars have one last magical run in them? Below find the best available puck line, moneyline and over/under for the next Penguins game across all PA online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to go right to the sportsbook and claim your bonus.
Pittsburgh has won the Cup five times and twice done it back-to-back – in 1991/92 and 2016/17. The current core of the Penguins has won three Cups together. Below find the best current future odds at PA online sportsbooks for the Pens to win the Stanley Cup or East Division. Click on the odds to claim your bonus and start locking your bet in.
Betting on the NHL has never been easier in the state of Pennsylvania ever since the state legalized sports betting. Gone are the days of asking friends in other states to place bets for you, or using an overseas website or an illegal bookie.
Now, it can all be done from your phone on your couch legally, simply, and securely.
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished in third place in the Metropolitan Division in 2019-20. Through 69 regular-season games, their record was a solid 40-23-6. Their 86 points put them just behind the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers in the division.
Their regular-season performance earned them the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference for the NHL’s return-to-play postseason tournament. The Penguins were matched up against the 12 seed Montreal Canadiens. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they never found their game in the bubble and they were upset by Montreal, losing the best of five series, 3 games to 1.
While most teams wouldn’t complain after a season like the Penguins just had, the Penguins have higher expectations for themselves and most of their players and fans would agree that the 2019-20 season was a bit of a disappointment.
Bryan Rust led the Penguins in goals with 27 during the regular season. Evgeni Malkin paced the team with 74 points in 55 games. Sidney Crosby missed nearly 30 games of the regular season, but still put up 47 points in 41 games. Tristan Jarry was solid in net, posting a .921 save percentage and winning 20 of his 31 starts.
Below is an example of typical betting lines set before a hockey game:
|Pittsburgh||-150||-1.5 (+140)||Over 5.5 (-125)|
|NY Rangers||+150||+1.5 (+140)||Under 5.5 (-105)|
The lines found on online sportsbooks are not that different compared to the lines found in Vegas. Both online sportsbooks and Vegas use similar computer models to figure out their lines. These models use the same data and have the same information, meaning the results will be similar.
If a sportsbook develops a significant liability on one side of a game, they may move the line to try and attract action on the other side. This is a concern if everyone in Pennsylvania is betting on the hometown Penguins. The line in Pennsylvania may move, but the line in Vegas wouldn’t change much.
Live betting means betting on a sports game after the game has already started. If you’re getting home from work late and you missed your opportunity to get a bet in before puck drop, it’s no big deal. You can live-bet the game, and depending on what’s happened up to that point in the game, you might get even better Penguins betting odds.
Live betting adjusts the lines based on what has already happened in the game. If there have been no goals in the first ten minutes of the game, the pregame total of 5.5 goals might now drop to 4.5. If the favored team has a 1-0 lead early, the live puck-line might now be 2.5 instead of 1.5 goals.
With all of the sportsbook apps, live betting is easier than ever. You can place your bet while on the move from anywhere within the state. Odds adjust in real-time so you’re never out of the loop.
If you’re not sure how the game will go, you can still get in on the action with a prop bet. A prop bet is a bet on whether something will occur within the game. Some examples of prop bets in hockey include:
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The National Hockey League has had to adapt its schedule due to the pandemic. Normally, the NHL plays an 82 game season where every team plays every team at least twice. This year, the schedule will be only 56 games long and teams will only play their division rivals.
The Penguins will play in the NHL’s East Division in 2021 and their 56 games will consist of 8 games each against their 7 divisional rivals. The teams the Penguins will play this season include the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, and Buffalo Sabres.
The Penguins have had heated rivalries and playoff series with many of these teams over the past decade, so every game should be intense. The Penguins season began on January 13 and ends on May 8. If all goes according to plan, Pittsburgh will play 56 games in 116 days.
At the end of the season, the top four teams in the division will make the playoffs. The playoffs begin in mid-May.
Pittsburgh has had a lot of great players lace up the skates for the Penguins. Here are the leaders for the Penguins over the past five seasons in some key categories:
|2019-20||Bryan Rust (27)||Evgeni Malkin (49)||Evgeni Malkin (74)||Matt Murray (948)|
|2018-19||Jake Guentzel (40)||Sidney Crosby (65)||Sidney Crosby (100)||Matt Murray (1465)|
|2017-18||Evgeni Malkin (42)||Sidney Crosby (60)||Evgeni Malkin (98)||Matt Murray (1290)|
|2016-17||Sidney Crosby (44)||Phil Kessel (47)||Sidney Crosby (89)||Matt Murray (1339)|
|2015-16||Sidney Crosby (36)||Kris Letang (51)||Sidney Crosby (85)||Marc-Andre Fleury (1533)|
Pittsburgh selected both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin through the draft in the mid-2000s, but who has the organization selected in recent years to eventually replace these two legends? Their recent draft classes include:
Mike Sullivan is the head coach of the Penguins. He was hired during the 2015-16 season replacing Mike Johnston. Sullivan has led the Penguins to two Stanley Cup wins, being the first American-born coach to win multiple cups. He previously coached the Boston Bruins. His NHL coaching record is 284-171-78.
Todd Reirden joins the Penguins coaching staff for the 2021 season. He was fired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals in August of 2020 after two seasons. Reirden previously was a part of the Penguins organization from 2010-2014. Reirden served as an assistant coach to Barry Trotz on the Capitals before becoming their head coach.
Mike Vellucci is also a newcomer to Mike Sullivan’s staff. Vellucci served as a coach and general manager for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers from 2001 through 2014, where he won a berth in the Memorial Cup and Coach of the Year honors. He joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization in 2014, serving as the head coach of their minor-league affiliate, Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers won the Calder Cup under Vellucci.
In 2019, he left the Checkers to join the Penguins organization. He served as the head coach of the Penguins’ minor-league affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2019-20, before being promoted to the NHL bench this season.
Mike Buckley has been the Penguins goaltending coach since 2017, working closely with goalies like Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry, and Casey DeSmith. He worked as a goaltending coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets and USA Hockey before joining the Penguins organization.
Mike Sullivan has had a successful tenure as the man behind the bench for the Penguins, but some of his predecessors also had success. Below are the five men who manned the bench before Sullivan.
In September 2020, the Pittsburgh Penguins, PPG Paints Arena, and Rivers Casino announced plans to open a sports betting lounge inside the PPG Paints Arena.
The BetRivers lounge will have two rows of luxury seating where fans will be able to watch the Penguins game live while betting via the BetRivers app. The new space will include a bar and multiple live-action screens.
Fans have yet to experience the lounge, but once fans are allowed back in the building, the Bet Rivers Lounge will be a huge hit.
Penguins games are currently broadcast locally on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. The channel’s market includes western, central, and northeast Pennsylvania, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, eastern Kentucky, and parts of western New York.
Steve Mears is entering his fourth season as the TV play-by-play announcer for the Penguins. Joining him as his color commentator is Bob Errey. Errey has served as the analyst since 2003.
Rounding out the broadcast team on Penguins broadcasts are Dan Potash as a rinkside reporter, Rob King as studio host, and Jay Caufield and Colby Armstrong as studio analysts.
Penguins games have been broadcast on radio station WXDX since 2006. Mike Lange has handled radio play-by-play duties the whole time the team has been broadcast on WXDX. Phil Bourque has been alongside Lange as an analyst the whole time as well. Josh Getzoff and Paul Steigerwald offer studio commentary as well.
You can stream Penguins games through the AT&T SportsNet app on your mobile device.
Mario Lemieux might be known as one of the best hockey players to ever play, but he’s the current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The former superstar of the team originally bought into team ownership in 1999 with Ronald Burkle.
At the beginning of Lemieux’s ownership, there was concern about the long-term prospects of the Penguins and how long the organization could survive in Pittsburgh. Thankfully, the team drafted some kids named Crosby and Malkin, started winning a lot of hockey games, and got a new arena built-in 2008.
Pittsburgh has won 5 Stanley Cups in their history and they’ve come in two distinct eras. The 1991 and 1992 champion Penguins were led by the aforementioned Mario Lemieux. Lemieux is considered by some the second greatest hockey player to ever play the game. The Penguins of the early 1990s also featured players like Jaromir Jagr, Mark Recchi, Kevin Stevens, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier, and other legends of the game. Tom Barrasso was the team’s goalie and he helped backstop the team to back-to-back championships.
The Penguins also won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016, and 2017. These three championships fall under the Sidney Crosby era. Crosby is considered to be one of the greatest players in our current generation. Crosby has been joined by names like Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Phil Kessel, and others to help win three rings in 8 years.
Here are some of the all-time leaders for the Penguins in some major statistics:
Marc-Andre Fleury makes a diving save in the final seconds of Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.
Sidney Crosby takes a blind-side hit from Dave Steckel in the Winter Classic. Crosby missed most of two seasons with concussion issues stemming from the hit.
The Lemieux Group owns the Penguins, led by former Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux.
Sidney Crosby has served as the Penguins captain since 2007, taking over for Mario Lemieux. Lemieux and Crosby are the two most famous captains in Penguins history.
The average price of Penguins tickets is $94, with a low price of $24.
Pittsburgh has won five cups, all in the past 30 years. Pittsburgh has made the playoffs 14 straight seasons.
The Penguins are worth $650 million according to Forbes.
Pittsburgh has two retired numbers. Number 66 is retired for Mario Lemieux. Number 21 is retired for Michel Briere, who died in a car accident following his rookie season.
You can follow the Penguins on Twitter at @penguins