NHL Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Pittsburgh at San Jose, Game 6

Posted by Aaron . on June 10, 2016 in

The San Jose Sharks host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 6 Stanley Cup Final game that few expected to take place at all. In Game 5, the Sharks roared out to an early 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game, but then the Penguins tied it with two goals in the next two minutes. With four goals in the first 5:06 of the game, the two teams set a record for the quickest four goals to start a period in any Stanley Cup Final game. (Were the speedy Penguins involved in the old record? Of course….which was 6:51 during Game 4 of the 1992 Final, when the Penguins were taking on the Blackhawks) After that, though, Martin Jones kept the Sharks’ goal locked up, stopping 44 of 46 Pittsburgh shots en route to a 4-2 win. Find the updated NHL odds here.

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks, Game 6

When: Sunday, June 12, 2016, 8:00pm Eastern time
Where: SAP Center, San Jose
TV: NBC
Radio: Classic Rock KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: San Jose -115, Pittsburgh +104, O/U Total 5

 

 

Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?

The Penguins are all over the Sharks when it comes to offense. They almost doubled up the Sharks on shots on net in this game. That’s why they took a 3-1 lead in this series — even with a tremendous effort from Martin Jones in the Sharks’ net, the Penguins are simply too overwhelming on offense for the Sharks to have a chance — aren’t they? They got a soft start from Matt Murray in this game — and from their defense — and I don’t expect that to happen in San Jose on Sunday night.

Why should you put your money on the Sharks?

Logan Couture has set a Stanley Cup Final record by tallying at least three points in four different games in this series. He had a monster night again in Game 5 against the Penguins, but this story is all about Martin Jones. Once the Sharks went up 3-2, the Penguins would pour 31 more shots Jones’ way, and he stopped them all, the most spectacular of which was this toe save that stopped a sure goal by Nick Bonino. The Sharks got pucks deep in Game 5 and were able to impose their physical game on the Penguins. But without another huge night from Jones, it won’t matter.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

San Jose has kept confounding the naysayers throughout this postseason. I like Jones and the Sharks to deny the Penguins their Cup hoisting on Sunday night and to force a Game 7. I’m predicting a 3-2 San Jose win.