Nashville at Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Finals Odds Game 5

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 7, 2017 in

When the Stanley Cup Finals moved to Nashville for Games 3 and 4, the Predators looked like they were in real trouble. They had played terrific hockey for almost all of Games 1 and 2 — but they had failed to score on enough chances, and when the Penguins broke through, they scored on just about all of theirs, making Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne look like Swiss cheese. Not so much in Games 3 and 4, as Rinne has found his confidence again, and the Predators won those two games by a combined score of 9-2, and Rinne posted 23 saves, many of the highly larcenous variety, in Game 4. Now the series heads back up to Pittsburgh for Game 5. Can the Predators win three games in a row? Or will Pittsburgh reassert themselves at home and take the 3-2 series lead? Let’s see who’s favored in the Stanley Cup Odds for Game 5.

Nashville at Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Finals Odds Game 5

When: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
TV: NBC
Radio: Nashville / Pittsburgh
Live Stream: NHL.tv
NHL Odds: Penguins at -1½

Why should you bet on the Predators?

How about Frederick Gaudreau? A rookie (and an undrafted free agent, no less), He doesn’t even have a locker. Instead, he has a chair in the dressing room. However, I bet the Predators find a place for him soon, as he has the first three goals of his career in these Finals. The last player to do that? Johnny Harms, all the way back in 1944. He is only the third rookie to score game-winning goals in consecutive Stanley Cup Final games (of course, the second to do it was Jake Guentzel, for Pittsburgh, in Games 1 and 2. But the Predators have found that swarming style once again — the one that vaulted them to a sweep of Chicago and series wins over St. Louis and Anaheim. With a confident Rinne, this is a team that Pittsburgh will have to work much harder to beat than the fragile one they shocked in Games 1 and 2.

Why should you put your money on the Penguins?

Sidney Crosby tallied a goal in Game 4 — the only one the Penguins would get, but it was also his first goal of these Finals. He had a scintillating breakaway in which he held the puck, deked Rinne with a fake slap shot, and then buried it in the net for his 24th point of the postseason. Getting him into the scoring is a great sign for the Penguins, especially after he didn’t even have a shot on goal in Game 3. Coming back home for the Penguins, where Rinne certainly showed some nerves, is definitely a plus for Pittsburgh. But can they find their way past a newly confident Nashville team?

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The times when I question the Penguins are when they find a new gear in their game and notch yet another win. I don’t see them losing three straight games, but I do see them finding new ways to punch through that Predator defense. I predict a final score of Pittsburgh 3, Nashville 2.