Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Odds, schedules set for 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Finals

The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals kicks off on Monday and is bound to be a thrilling series between reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators.

The Penguins solidified their Finals spot when they defeated the Ottowa Senators 3-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In double overtime, Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game -- positioning the Penguins to battle on the ice for what would be their fifth Stanley Cup win in franchise history.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals lays on the ice after being injured in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal past Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks is tripped by Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cuo Playoffs at the United Center on April 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 1-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers gets the stick up on Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2017 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators reacts after scoring against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during overtime in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 14: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his overtime goal with teammates against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 14, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 17: Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (56) scores on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the first overtime during game three of the quarter-final round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, held on April 17, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 17: Brandon Montour #71 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Calgary Flames during Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 17, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 17: Alex Chiasson #39 of the Calgary Flames shoves Brandon Montour #71 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 17, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 17: Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks is called for holding against Harry Zolnierczyk #26 of the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 17: Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his game winning goal in the 1st overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 17, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Capitals 4-3 in overtime and take a 2-1 series lead.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 17: Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gets slammed into the net by Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the third period. The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 17, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins hits Ryan Dzingel #18 of the Ottawa Senators into the boards in the second period against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 17: Boston Bruins player Ryan Spooner gets checked into the Ottawa Senators bench by Senators player Zack Smith in the third period. The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 17, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO. - APRIL 16: Linesman Trent Knoor (63) separates St. Louis Blues leftwing Zach Sanford (82) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) during game 3 of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues on April 16, 2017, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 30: Goalie John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on April 30, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save as Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals players battle for the puck in the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Pittsburgh Penguins won, 3-2. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers scores a third period goal against Mike Condon #1 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 4, 2017 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Senators 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 29: Dion Phaneuf #2 and Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate their overtime win as Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers sates off the ice in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 29, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 30: Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against David Perron #57 and Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 30, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 2: Ryan Ellis #4 makes a save in the crease with Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators against Vladimir Tarasenko #91and Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Four of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - MAY 19: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal in the second period on goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on May 19, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 21, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Colton Sissons #10 celebrates a goal by Austin Watson #51 of the Nashville Predators against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 29: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal past Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 29: A light show is displayed on the ice prior to the first period between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators of Game One of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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While Sidney Crosby and the Penguins dominantly enter the Finals as a force to be reckoned with, the Predators are the Cinderella story of the season. Entering the playoffs as an 8 seed, the likes of Mike Fisher, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson have led their team to a stellar performance as they ready for the Finals.

Where the NBA Finals odds were set with a wider gap between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, oddsmakers predict a closer series between the Predators and Penguins. The Penguins are set at -155 with a 60 percent chance at taking the Cup, where the Predators are at +135 with a 42 percent shot at victory.

The full NHL Stanley Cup Finals schedule is as follows:

Game 1, Monday, May 29, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 2, Wednesday, May 31, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
Game 3, Saturday, June 3, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
Game 4, Monday, June 5, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 5*, Thursday, June 8, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 6*, Sunday, June 11, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 7*, Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 p.m., NBC

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Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate on the ice after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) and left wing Matt Nieto (83) defend the net against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) in the second period of game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) cannot get a shot off against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) in the second period of game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save against San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) in the second period in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) celebrates with defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) and defenseman Ian Cole (28) after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) celebrates with defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) and defenseman Ian Cole (28) after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (C) and his teammates pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks players salute their fans after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins players pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presents Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) with the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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