Pittsburgh at Nashville Stanley Cup Betting Odds Game 3

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 2, 2017 in

The Nashville Predators have dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins for about 110 of the 120 minutes of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. However, those 10 other minutes have been the crucial ones, as the Penguins have won each of the first two games, by scores of 5-3 and 4-1. Now the series goes to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday night, and the Predators have to show that they not only can contain the Penguins but can score enough to survive those periods when Pittsburgh scores. Will the home field advantage, can the Predators beat the Penguins in the NHL odds?

Pittsburgh at Nashville Stanley Cup Betting Odds Game 3

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
TV: NBC Sports
Radio: Pittsburgh / Nashville
Live Stream: NHL.tv
NHL Odds: Predators at -1½

Why should you bet on the Penguins?

The Penguins have dealt with the ironclad defense of the Nashville Predators and then turned every opening, it seems, into a goal. Jake Guentzel has the game-winners in both of the first two games of the series, finding himself in position for timely rebounds. More importantly, the Penguins seem to have solved the riddle of Pekka Rinne, who posted a .947 save percentage in the first three rounds of the playoffs but has a ghastly .777 percentage in Games 1 and 2 combined. To be sure, one of the goals in Game 2 came off a defenseman’s leg from a Pittsburgh centering pass, but Rinne has not played nearly like the goalie who carried his team to these Finals.

Why should you put your money on the Predators?

Nashville now returns home to one of the most raucous buildings in the NHL — a place where they have gone 7-1 in the postseason. Matt Murray put up 37 saves for the Penguins in Game 2, a number that is not likely to repeat itself. Murray is a terrific goalie, but it’s hard to imagine him standing on his head to the degree that he did in Game 2 just a couple of days later. The keys for Nashville are managing rebounds on shots, maintaining coverage — and depending on Rinne to play like himself. If that happens, then the Predators can make this a competitive series.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’m still a believer in that Predator defense. I think that returning home will help Rinne find his game and that the Predators will win in a 2-1 battle.