<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[NHL Hockey 2017 Draft Preview]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/16/nhl-hockey-2017-draft-preview#comments The NHL hockey draft takes center stage on June 23-24 with some of the most talented players in the world looking to showcase their talents.

Overview: The NHL has scrutinized players from around the globe to fill the wants and needs of each organization. Some of the top prospects are below in no particular order.

C-Patrick Nolan—Patrick is considered a potential first pick in the draft despite assorted injuries. Nolan can score, defend and skate almost effortlessly while being a physical presence. Experts say the injuries are a thing of the past and Nolan's ability…

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The NHL hockey draft takes center stage on June 23-24 with some of the most talented players in the world looking to showcase their talents.

Overview: The NHL has scrutinized players from around the globe to fill the wants and needs of each organization. Some of the top prospects are below in no particular order.

C-Patrick Nolan—Patrick is considered a potential first pick in the draft despite assorted injuries. Nolan can score, defend and skate almost effortlessly while being a physical presence. Experts say the injuries are a thing of the past and Nolan's ability to do everything well can’t be over stated.

D-Juuso Valimaki—Valimaki is not the offensive force that many defensemen are today but he is strong at 200 pounds and always calm even when under pressure. Valimaki's passing is on target, he makes good decisions and isn’t afraid to block shots.

G-Jake Oettinger—Oettinger possesses great size at 6-4, 205 pounds and was one of the best netminders in college with a combination of quickness and solid technique that many say make him the top goalie in the draft.

C-Klim Kostin—Kostin has been ranked as the top European skater with size and skills galore. Kostin can skate and score and has been compared to Evgeny Malkin but he has been hurt and inconsistent and sometimes doesn’t go 100% for lack of a better word.

C-Casey Mittelstadt—Mittelstadt handles and protects the puck well and has been a proven scorer regardless of the level of talent he has faced. Mittelstadt is regarded as an impact player at  the next level.

G-Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen—Luukkonen has tremendous length for a goalie as he stands at 6-6 which allows him to cover each side of the goal while generally being a space eater in the nets. Many scouts have voiced concerns about Luukonen’s mechanics and say he might need time to refine his game.

D-Filip Westerlund—Westerlund is a hard working, quick and can pass the puck. Westerlund positions himself well although his offense and size/strength is a concern.

C-Nico Hischier—Hischier is one of the top skaters in the draft and can go 0-60 in an instant. Hischier is a scoring machine that can separate from defenders while also excelling on defense.

D-Miro Heiskanen—called a complete defensemen with his ability to skate, score and defend with great vision and mistake free play. Regarded as one of the top blueliners in the draft.

C-Lias Andersson—Andersson is a two way player that avoids mistakes, plays passing lanes well and is not afraid to block shots. Andersson gives a full effort when on the ice, is fast and can create his own offense.

D-Cale Makar—Makar can skate and handle the puck with the ability to create offense and or pass accurately. Defensively, Makar is able to ‘get in the way’ of opponents but some question whether his accomplishments were built on lesser competition.

LW/RW-Kristian Vesalainen—At 6-3, 210 pounds, Vesalainen is difficult to move in front of the net and uses his strength to win battles on the boards. Vesalainen also displays speed and quickness that combines with his physical attributes to create space and scoring opportunities.

C-Michael Rasmussen—Rasmussen sticks out with his 6-6, 220+ pound frame and his natural scoring ability. Rasmussen is strong on the boards and takes up a lot of space in front of the net but needs some polish.

C-Elias Pettersson—Pettersson is only 160 pounds and needs to bulk up but he can score and pass and is more then adequate at the defensive end.

D-Urho Vaakanainen—Vaakanainen does not fit the mold as a two way defensemen but he has skating ability, blocks pucks and disrupts attacking forwards and is a skilled passer. 

C-Gabriel Vilardi—Vilardi sees the ice well and is able to deliver an on target pass to team mates while making sure they in turn have an opportunity to make a play. Vilardi has the strength to protect the puck and create his own shot.

D-Timothy Lljegren—skates like a forward and is very offensive minded for a defensemen. Can  be caught out of position but he is young and needs plenty of grooming which he will get.

D-Erik Brannstrom—Brannstrom is a fast, smooth skater that can move quickly with or without the puck much like the qualities teams want in a forward. Brannstrom can score with an on target wrist shot and likes to use his stick to attack the puck or steal it.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:51:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87705
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators - 6/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/11/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-nashville-predators-6/11/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators look to stay alive in the Stanley Cup finals when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit in Sunday night NHL hockey action.

The home team in the Stanley Cup finals continues to be dominate after the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Nashville Predators 6-0 on Thursday night at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins played their most complete game at both ends of the ice and their inconsistent performances in the first four contests was forgotten for a night. The Pens and their powerhouse offense lit the lamp early and often while the defense led by Matt Murray in goal played their…

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The Nashville Predators look to stay alive in the Stanley Cup finals when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit in Sunday night NHL hockey action.

The home team in the Stanley Cup finals continues to be dominate after the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Nashville Predators 6-0 on Thursday night at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins played their most complete game at both ends of the ice and their inconsistent performances in the first four contests was forgotten for a night. The Pens and their powerhouse offense lit the lamp early and often while the defense led by Matt Murray in goal played their best game of the series as Pitt was a monster in all phases of the game.

The balanced Pittsburgh attack featured goals off the sticks of Justin Shultz, Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey. Sydney Crosby was at the forefront of the Penguins big offensive effort with three assists while Phil Kessel added a pair of helpers. The Pens received a 24 save performance from Matt Murray who upped his postseason record to 6-3. Nashville saw Pekka Rinne allow three goals on nine first period shots and he was pulled in favor of Juuse Saros who was charged with three goals on 15 shots.

The under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and the Penguins are 2-9 in their last 11 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Predators last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and the under is 5-1-2 in Predators last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 8-2-3 in Predators last 13 home games. The Penguins are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

I don’t know what the mental state of Nashville is now and I don’t know if it’s a factor in game six as both teams have faced adversity and it didn’t have any effect. What has been a factor is the way the home team is playing and more importantly winning but I think this game and series depends on Rinne…

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87351
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/11/nashville-predators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-6/11/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Sunday in game six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins would win their fifth Stanley Cup crown with a victory here. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 18 assists and Phil Kessel has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Sunday in game six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins would win their fifth Stanley Cup crown with a victory here. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 18 assists and Phil Kessel has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 19 goals on 276 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won seven of their last eight games when allowing under four goals.

The Nashville Predators need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with nine goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 41 goals on 571 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed three goals on 17 shots. The Nashville Predators have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than one goal.

The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 15-4 in their last 19 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and the under is 8-2-3 in Predators last 13 home games. The Penguins are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

It looks like neither road team can win a game in this series, as every contest seems to be a home blowout. Rinne only looks like an NHL goalie when he's in the Bridgestone Arena, as he's been getting blasted in Pittsburgh. I'm tempted to side with the Penguins to close this out because they are a veteran team that's won big games on the road and the last thing they want is a game seven for the cup where anything can happen. However, the trend is the road team can't find any success and the road teams goalie can't keep the puck out of the net. So, have to back the Preds here and predict we'll have a game seven later in the week. 

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:40:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87267
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/08/nashville-predators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-6/8/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The PPG PAINTS Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators in game five of the Stanley Cup in NHL hockey action Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be on the brink of back to back Stanley Cup championships after taking a 2-0 series lead heading to Bridgestone Arena. However, the Nashville Predators struck back on home ice to sweep at home and even the series with a complete performance Monday night with a 4-1 victory. Entering game five at Pittsburgh the home team continues to prevail in the postseason although the Preds were not supposed to be able to control…

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The PPG PAINTS Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators in game five of the Stanley Cup in NHL hockey action Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be on the brink of back to back Stanley Cup championships after taking a 2-0 series lead heading to Bridgestone Arena. However, the Nashville Predators struck back on home ice to sweep at home and even the series with a complete performance Monday night with a 4-1 victory. Entering game five at Pittsburgh the home team continues to prevail in the postseason although the Preds were not supposed to be able to control the star laden Penguins offense even at Bridgestone Arena.

Sydney Crosby was the lone bright spot for the Penguins with his first period tally that he received an assist on from the post but that was it for the Pens attack. Pens netminder Matt Murray was charged with three goals on 25 shots that dropped his postseason record to 5-3. The balanced Nashville offense received goals off the sticks of Calle Jarnkrok, Frederick Gaudreau, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg while eight different players recorded assists. Pekka Rinne silenced the critics for the second straight game with a 23 save performance for his 14th win of the playoffs that continued the Predators strong play on home ice.

The under is 5-1-3 in Predators last 9 Thursday games and the Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest while the Predators are 11-3 in their last 14 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and the under is 4-1-2 in Penguins last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and the home team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings while the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.  

The Penguins and Predators are where they are because they have both been successful on home ice. Having said that, I think Nashville has been steadier of the two regardless of the venue so the high juice on the Pens makes me cringe. Right now I’ll go with the over and look further in to the match ups.

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87147
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators - 6/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/08/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-nashville-predators-6/8/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Nashville Predators would love a third straight victory to inch one game away from a Stanley Cup crown. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with nine goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing…

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The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Nashville Predators would love a third straight victory to inch one game away from a Stanley Cup crown. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with nine goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 38 goals on 562 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on two shots. The Nashville Predators have won seven of their last eight straight games when allowing less than four goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to keep the trend alive with the home team winning every game to go up 3-2. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 19 goals on 252 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in four of their last nine games.

The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 65-21 in their last 86 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh, 4-10 in the last 14 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Nashville Predators aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, but this is a confident bunch right now that has outplayed the Penguins for much of this series. Pittsburgh looks a little shaken, and the Preds have now shown they can light up Murray. The Predators have won at least one road game in every series these playoffs, which includes two in Chicago. With the way both teams look right now and the confidence oozing from Nashville, I like the Predators to become the first road team to win a game this series. The Penguins have been badly outplayed the last couple of games. 

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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:27:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87066
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators - 6/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/05/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-nashville-predators-6/5/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena host the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL hockey action in game four of the Stanley Cup.

Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals to the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, the Nashville Predators had their backs to the wall in game number three. The Predators responded with a complete game at both ends of the ice in a 5-1 victory Saturday night. The Penguins could have virtually wrapped up the series with a win but Pekka Rinne and the Predators offense silenced the critics at least for one game but in reality the do or die scenario Nashville faced in game three…

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The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena host the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL hockey action in game four of the Stanley Cup.

Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals to the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, the Nashville Predators had their backs to the wall in game number three. The Predators responded with a complete game at both ends of the ice in a 5-1 victory Saturday night. The Penguins could have virtually wrapped up the series with a win but Pekka Rinne and the Predators offense silenced the critics at least for one game but in reality the do or die scenario Nashville faced in game three is still a game four worry as a Pens win Monday means a formidable 3-1 series deficit. 

The Penguins silenced the crowd early on a Jake Guentzel tally and led 1-0 after one period but Nashville reeled off five unanswered goals with three in the second and a pair in the third. Goaltender Matt Murray could not save Pittsburgh this time with all five goals allowed on 33 shots for a .848 save percentage. The Predators attack was balanced with five different players scoring with Roman Josi, Frederick Gaudreau, James Neal, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm each lighting the lamp. Josi and  Calle  Jarnkrok also logged a pair of assists for the Preds. Rinne gave the Predators a 27 save performance and is hoping to build on this effort on Monday in game four. 

The over is 8-2 in Penguins last 10 Monday games and the over is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 versus Central and the over is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 versus Western Conference. The over is 2-0-2 in Predators last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and the over is 2-0-2 in Predators last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 3-0-2 in Predators last 5 games following a win. The Penguins are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.

The Predators face another must win game in game four and the question is whether the team can duplicate their effort from Saturday. Bridgestone Arena has been a tough place for opponents so I’m tempted to back the them again…

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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86958
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/05/nashville-predators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-6/5/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Monday in game four of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to retake full control of this series with a victory here and a 3-1 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Monday in game four of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to retake full control of this series with a victory here and a 3-1 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 16 goals on 227 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost five of their last six games when allowing three or more goals.

The Nashville Predators can get right back in this series with another home win and tying it up at 2-2. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with eight goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 37 goals on 538 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on two shots. The Nashville Predators have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Penguins are 61-26 in their last 87 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 Stanley Cup Finals games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Predators are 20-6 in their last 26 Monday games, 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 2-4 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 4-2 in the last 6 meetings in Nashville, 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

The home team has now dominated all three games to the point you're scared to even consider giving the road team a look. The Predators are damn near lights out at home, especially during the playoffs where Rinne has been a different goalie. In fact, Rinnie is 8-1 with a save percentage of 94.9 at home during these playoffs. Hard to bet against that. So, I'm going to back the home team for a fourth straight game and fully expect this thing is tied up heating back to Pittsburgh.

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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:48:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86931
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators - 6/3/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/03/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-nashville-predators-6/3/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NHL hockey comes to the Bridgestone Arena when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Nashville Predators for game three of the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are halfway to winning their second straight Stanley Cup with a 4-1 victory in game two for a 2-0 series lead. The Predators played well until the third period when a 1-1 tie suddenly became insurmountable with the Pens scoring three unanswered in a six minute spurt that reminded us of their game one spree. However, Nashville was unable to answer back this time as the Pens defense, namely Matt Murray came up big and has the defending…

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NHL hockey comes to the Bridgestone Arena when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Nashville Predators for game three of the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are halfway to winning their second straight Stanley Cup with a 4-1 victory in game two for a 2-0 series lead. The Predators played well until the third period when a 1-1 tie suddenly became insurmountable with the Pens scoring three unanswered in a six minute spurt that reminded us of their game one spree. However, Nashville was unable to answer back this time as the Pens defense, namely Matt Murray came up big and has the defending Stanley Cup champions in an envious position.

Pittsburgh received a pair of tallies from Jake Guentzel who is making a name for himself with 12 goals in the playoffs while Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin also found the back of the net. Chris Kunitz also logged a pair of assists to support the monster 37 save performance of Matt Murray who upped his record to 5-1 in the postseason and literally held the Preds off by his lonesome. Nashville’s lone goal game off the stick of Pontus Aberg while Pekka Rinne allowed all four goals on 25 shots before being pulled in the third in favor of Juuse Saros who stopped both shots he saw. 

This game again saw the Penguins go nearly ten minutes without a shot on goal and also saw them score in bunches in a short span which tells us this team is so dangerous because they can play poorly for long stretches and still win. Pittsburgh was also a mystifying 0-7 on the power play and allowed 38 shots. Nashville rode the goaltending of Rinne to the finals and we have to wonder if his confidence has been damaged and if he will be on a short leash in a must win game number three.

The under is 8-2 in Penguins last 10 Stanley Cup Finals games and the Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 overall and the Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 3-0-1 in Predators last 4 Saturday games and the under is 3-0-1 in Predators last 4 games playing on 2 days rest while the  Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings while the Penguins are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. 

I rode Pittsburgh in the first two games of the series but I think Nashville has their backs against the wall and get one here…

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:49:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86826
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/3/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/06/03/nashville-predators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-6/3/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in game three of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but wrap up this series by winning here and taking a monster 3-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in game three of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but wrap up this series by winning here and taking a monster 3-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 11 goals on 194 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

The Nashville Predators need a victory here in order to have any realistic chance of winning this series. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with eight goals, P.K. Subban has nine assists and Roman Josi has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 36 goals on 510 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 Stanley Cup Finals games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville, 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

We hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first two games, but that doesn't mean it's time to give up on the Predators just yet. Nashville could and probably should have won game one after outplaying the Penguins. Game two was also up for grabs before the Penguins went on an unreal five minutes and just lit up Rinne. While the final results weren't pretty, Nashville still played well enough in Pittsburgh to still be confident coming home where they're 7-1 during the playoffs and have lost just four home games overall since the start of March. The Predators have made their living this season by never giving up and fighting back, and it's hard expecting anything different. I like Nashville to inch back into this series with a game three victory.

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Wed, 31 May 2017 23:46:15 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86712
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/31/nashville-predators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-5/31/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Game two of the Stanley Cup finals will be another big NHL hockey bout with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their quest for back to back Stanley Cup titles with a 5-3 victory in game one at PPG PAINT Arena. If you are a Penguins fan you have to be ecstatic your team won with a laughable 12 shots on goal while going more then 37 minutes  between shots. On the flip side, Predators fans have to be frustrated with an overturned goal while losing a game they thoroughly dominated except for a four minute span in the first…

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Game two of the Stanley Cup finals will be another big NHL hockey bout with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their quest for back to back Stanley Cup titles with a 5-3 victory in game one at PPG PAINT Arena. If you are a Penguins fan you have to be ecstatic your team won with a laughable 12 shots on goal while going more then 37 minutes  between shots. On the flip side, Predators fans have to be frustrated with an overturned goal while losing a game they thoroughly dominated except for a four minute span in the first period when the Pens scored three times.  

Nick Bonino paced Pittsburgh with a pair of tallies including an empty netter while Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary each reached the scoring column while Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby each added a pair of helpers. The Predators offense came through twice on the power play with Ryan Ellis and Colton Sissons lighting the lamp with the man advantage while Frederick Gaudreau tied the game at three temporarily. The Preds received two assists from Mike Fisher while PK Subban added a helper on Nashville’s first goal after he had a first period tally waived off.

Pekka Rinne absorbed the loss for Nashville with four goals allowed on just eleven shots while Matt Murray recorded 23 stops to up his playoff record to 4-1. The obvious keys for the Penguins is getting shots on the net because the Pens won’t win with a dozen shots again and avoid the penalty box. For Nashville, the key is to avoid another lull similar to the four minute span in the opening period when Pittsburgh scored three times. 

The Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the Predators are 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 5-1 in Predators last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Penguins are 1-9 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and the Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while the under is 8-2 in Penguins last 10 Stanley Cup Finals games. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings while the  Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

The Penguins are a great team and could easily put up some big numbers in game two while Nashville either wilts or comes back from a disappointing result in the opener. I’ll throw this out there and look deeper in to the line pairings and match ups…

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