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Preds Try To Solve Penguins' Home Ice Edge In Game 5

Preds Try To Solve Penguins' Home Ice Edge In Game 5

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) and defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2. The Predators also award the best player in each game a heavy chain as a reward, a hockey version of a game ball. 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.

In Game 1, Nashville became the first team to hold an opponent without a shot on goal in a period of a Final game since the National Hockey League started tracking that statistic in 1957, and that drought lasted 37 minutes even though Pittsburgh pulled out a 5-3 win.

Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination. If Rinne was shaken by his ordinary showing in Pittsburgh, he quickly got back on track when he returned home. Pittsburgh had averaged one goal per game in the series to that point.

Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and.925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs due to a lower-body injury. "You know, our blueline crew, they're a simple bunch", said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. "It was the first game in the series that we out-chanced them", Sullivan said Wednesday, per Arpon Basu of NHL.com. We generated a lot of chances.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette gave no update on Ellis on Friday. "I don't think we have anybody back there that wows you offensively". When they got behind us, they were able to do some damage off of that. "I'm just going to go about my business, do my thing, and when I play, I'm ready to play". The Penguins have come within two games of the first team to capture consecutive Cups in almost two decades due in large part to their resiliency.

But there is considerable speculation here as to whether or not the Penguins would be better served by turning back to Marc-Andre Fleury, who admirably stepped in to replace Murray when the latter was hurt in the warm-up prior to the first game of the playoffs. It was Arvidsson's first goal in 15 games.

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Home ice has been critical so far.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Penguins as -148 favorites and they have been bet up slightly to the current number of -155. In 23 games Ward had a 2.14 goals against, making 22-of-23 saves in a Game 7 win against Edmonton. The Preds are plus-140 underdogs. Pittsburgh then scored on the ensuing power play, with Schultz one-timing a pass from Crosby that seemed to redirect off a Nashville player's stick on its way in.

The Penguins overwhelmed Rinne again, sending Nashville's star goaltender to the bench in Pittsburgh for a second straight game in the Stanley Cup Final.

Rinne is now the favorite in that race at plus-250, according to OddsShark.

They have slowed down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Filip Forsberg is the second choice among Nashville players at plus-900.

Christopher Risher, of Plum, Pa., paints a fan's face outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The defence, which had been the team's biggest weak spot in the series, moved the puck easily and efficiency. Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead Thursday night by routing Nashville 6-0 in a game that did more than just put the Pens a win from the title.


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