Nashville Predators (55-34-13) at Pittsburgh Penguins (64-28-13)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 8, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -139 / Nashville Predators +117 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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.