Pittsburgh Penguins (44-29-14) at Dallas Stars (41-31-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 8, 2015, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -107 / Pittsburgh Penguins -103 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Dallas Stars kick off their most anticipated season in years on Thursday night as they welcome in the Penguins who should have one of the best offenses in all of hockey.
The Penguins head into the 2015-16 season with high expectations as they do every season but perhaps with even more optimism this time around as they have added another piece to their offensive arsenal as Phil Kessel joins the mix to go alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Pens haven't had a dynamic piece like Kessel in terms of offensive production in quite some time and as one of the best pure goal scorers in the league coming to a new time and new city you can be sure the former Leafs forward is excited to begin play with his new group. The Pens also have the likes of Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino, and David Perron to draw on for production as well as a strong blue line led by Kris Letang and Olli Maata that will play in front of Marc-Andre Fleury who had a great season last year in the crease.
The Stars meanwhile were a trendy pick to do some damage this season before making some key off season additions and now expectations are sky high for a group that will be right up with the Penguins among others in terms of the league lead in goals scored. Dallas already had Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the roster and have added Patrick Sharp to go alongside Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, and Cody Eakin in what is a very nice forward group that should match up well against a lot of teams. Defensively, Alex Goligoski and John Klingberg man the blue line and should have productive seasons and Kari Lehtonen returns between the pipes with Antii Niemi serving as a backup making for one of the better tandems in the league. The Stars will score goals there is no denying that but their blue line is a bit thin and Lehtonen can be inconsistent but these are future problems to deal with as they should be geared up for opening night. Unfortunately, they catch one of the best teams in the league to start the season and with this price the Penguins are well worth the play.