Whether you’re looking for moneylines, run lines, totals or parlays, FOX Bet is the place to be for online Pittsburgh Penguins betting all season long. You can also make futures wagers on whether the Penguins will make the playoffs or will win the Stanley Cup, and which players will ultimately lead the league in a variety of categories or be honored with end-of-year awards.
There is a full slate of Pittsburgh Penguins betting available throughout the NHL season, starting with the beginning of the regular season in October. In seasons where the team reaches the postseason, Penguins playoff odds are offered starting in early April and potentially all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in June.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of eight teams in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL’s Eastern Conference along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. The franchise was founded in 1967 as one of the first expansion teams during the NHL's original expansion from six to 12 teams. The Penguins played in the Civic Arena, better known as The Igloo, from the time they were founded through the end of the 2009–10 season, when they moved to the Consol Energy Center, which was later renamed PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins hired Eddie Johnston to be their head coach prior to the 1980-81 season. In 1983, Johnston would be appointed general manager—and relieved of his coaching duties—after coaching Pittsburgh to an NHL-worst record of 18-53-9. Johnston hired Lou Angotti, who was fired after coaching the Penguins to an NHL-worst record of 16-58-6 in 1983-84. The Penguins received the top overall pick of the 1984 NHL Entry draft, and used it to select Mario Lemieux, who would go on to become one of the most prolific offensive players in NHL history.
Only once in Lemieux’s first six seasons did Pittsburgh finish higher than fifth place in what was then a six-team division, which was at a time when the playoffs consisted of the top four teams from each of the NHL’s four divisions. The franchise’s fortunes would change on March 4, 1991, when Pittsburgh acquired Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker. The aforementioned Eddie Johnston was the Whalers’ general manager at the time of the trade. Johnston had done such a pitiful job as the general manager of the Penguins that in 1988 he was demoted to assistant general manager, and he then became GM of the Whalers in 1989. His trade of Francis and Samuelsson not only completed his dismantling of the Hartford franchise, but it ultimately proved to be what Lemieux and the Penguins needed to become champions.
After having made the playoffs only once and winning only one playoff series over Lemieux’s first six NHL seasons, Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons in 1991 and 1992. After being fired as Whalers general manager in 1992, Johnston suspiciously became the head coach of the Penguins in 1993–94. Despite overseeing what was arguably the NHL’s most talented roster—one that Johnston contributed to building both through the ineptitude that led to Pittsburgh landing the first overall pick in 1984 to draft Mario Lemieux and by his lopsided trade as Whalers GM that netted the Penguins Francis and Samuelsson—Johnston would fail to even reach the Stanley Cup finals before he was fired during the 1996-97 season, cementing his legacy as one of the most woefully unsuccessful executives and head coaches in NHL history.
Ron Francis would spend seven seasons in Pittsburgh, captaining the team twice. In 1995, he became the first Penguin ever to win the Selke Trophy, which is given to the NHL’s best defensive forward. While Mario Lemieux would never again appear in a Stanley Cup final, Francis would go on to captain the Carolina Hurricanes to a surprise appearance in the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He scored the winning goal for the Hurricanes in overtime of Game 1, before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in five games. Francis ranks fifth on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,798 career points, three spots ahead of Lemieux, who tallied 1,723 points in his NHL career.
The Penguins would win their next Stanley Cup in 2009 in seven games over the Detroit Red Wings. In Game 7 in Detroit, Maxime Talbot scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Penguins won 2–1 to win their third Stanley Cup title. With their Stanley Cup wins in 2016 and 2017, the Penguins became the first back-to-back champions since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.