Nashville Predators (53-33-13) at Pittsburgh Penguins (63-26-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 31, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -160 / Nashville Predators +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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…