Sharks at Penguins Game 5 - 6/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (59-34-10) at Pittsburgh Penguins (62-30-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins square off Thursday night in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Consol Energy Center.
The San Jose Sharks need a victory here in order to force a game six on Sunday night. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 13 goals, Logan Couture has 18 assists and Brent Burns has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 49 goals on 612 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on seven shots. Jones has given up seven goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins can win their fourth Stanley Cup title with a victory here. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals, Nick Bonino has 13 assists and Sidney Crosby has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 32 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 40 goals on 535 shots. Murray has given up five goals in his last three games.
It's fair to say that the Penguins have outplayed the Sharks for a good portion of this series. It's also fair to say that the Shaks haven't been the best road team in these playoffs, as they've lost six of their last eight games outside of San Jose. The Consol Energy Center is going to be as loud as it's been all season with the Stanley Cup in the building. It's hard seeing San Jose steal this game with the way its looked this series overall. Pittsburgh is just playing better and harder at both ends.
The Penguins should win their fourth championship Thursday night.