Pittsburgh Penguins (65-28-13) at Nashville Predators (55-35-13)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 11, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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…