Pittsburgh Penguins (64-26-13) at Nashville Predators (53-34-13)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 3, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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…