Pittsburgh Penguins (64-27-13) at Nashville Predators (54-34-13)
|Date & Time||Monday June 5, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -137 / Pittsburgh Penguins +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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…