Nashville at Pittsburgh Free Stanley Cup Odds & Game 2 Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 30, 2017 in

The Pittsburgh Penguins only mustered 12 shots on goal in Game 1, as the Nashville Predators’ plan to limit scoring chances worked…almost. The problem was that five of those 12 shots found the back of the net, as the Penguins roared out to a 3-0 lead, saw the Predators tie the game, and then score twice more for a 5-3 win to open the series. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. Can the Predators even the series at a game apiece, or will the Penguins head south with a 2-0 lead? Here’s a look at the Stanley Cup odds for this matchup.

Nashville at Pittsburgh Free Stanley Cup Odds & Game 2 Prediction

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
TV: NBC Sports
Radio: Nashville / Pittsburgh
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Why should you bet on the Predators?

Nashville mustered 26 shots on goal on Monday night, and they held the Penguins for 37 consecutive minutes without a shot on net. That marked the first time in any Stanley Cup Final game that a team had gone without a shot, at least since the NHL started tracking shots on goal in 1958. Pekka Rinne has been the best goalie in the NHL during these playoffs, so it’s unlikely that a third of the shots he faces (the fifth goal was an empty-netter) will turn into goals. The fact that the Predators were able to muster a three-goal comeback to tie the game shows their confidence in the Finals, so if they can avoid early penalties (one of those first-period goals came on a 5-on- 3 advantage) they definitely have a chance to tie the series.

Why should you put your money on the Penguins?

Jake Guentzel continues to shine in the postseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as it was his goal in the third period that gave the home team a 4-3 lead and ended the Nashville flurry. Matt Murray was good enough in goal, stopping 23 shots. What was most remarkable about the Game 1 win was how Pittsburgh managed to score so many goals while spending most of the game getting dominated by the Predators’ defensive scheme. Pittsburgh entered Game 1 emotionally and physically exhausted from their seven-game series win over Ottawa in the conference finals, so now that they have won a game at home in this series, they have the momentum they need to keep going.

Free Pick and Final Score Prediction

I love what the Predators have accomplished so far in these playoffs, but they let the Penguins steal one in Game 1. I see Pittsburgh playing with more offensive flair in Game 2 and winning, 4-3.