Nashville returns home following a demoralizing 6-0 loss in Game 5 as a +148 road underdog, and faces a 3-2 series deficit going into Sunday night's Penguins vs. Predators betting matchup at Bridgestone Arena. If there are any positives to glean from their current 3-2 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it's that they will play Sunday (8 p.m. ET) within the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena. He scored on Pittsburgh's first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission.
All the good mojo Rinne generated while helping Nashville rally to tie the series at 2 vanished in a span of 20 minutes. Pittsburgh LW Jake Guentzel's second-period assist gave him 21 points, setting an National Hockey League record for rookies. It's its own slice of the pie, and you've got to go out and fight for that slice every day and be ready to write that chapter.
What an interesting choice he would be considering the peaks and valleys of his Stanley Cup Final alone.
For the first time in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators are facing elimination. Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 7-0 in Game 5 here in the conference final, and found themselves in Game 7 double OT a few days later.
Josi is ranked second amongst defencemen in playoff scoring - Ottawa's Erik Karlsson is first with 18 points - with six goals and 14 points in 21 games.
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All four of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cups have been clinched on the road with Chicago the last team to win the Cup on home ice back in 2015. But regardless, it's hard to ignore just how many goals have found their way past the 34-year-old in the three games at PPG Paints Arena: 11 on just 45 shots for a.756 save percentage.
"Still a lot of work to be done, but the way we played tonight, if we can build off that momentum, that's important", Crosby said after collecting three assists. He had two goals and zero assists in his previous five games. In addition to the deafening crowd that seems to act as an extra skater, wearing the gold uniforms gives the Predators the final change.
"We've got a lot of confidence in our group to be better, to get better, and to play a good game", Laviolette said Friday. "And I think it's good that that helps, keeps you more on point at times, to make sure that the effort is better and that our execution is better and we do things at a higher pace". "I know there's things we can do that can support our goaltender better".
On the bright side, the the Predators are confident playing at home, and it's no surprise with a 9-1 record in Nashville throughout this post-season.
"You've got to give them credit", Subban said. Penguins F Nick Bonino missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury. Charged with slowing the Pens' elite forwards in the championship series, he enters the tail end of the Final averaging a team-leading 26 minutes of action and has logged four points in five games against Pittsburgh. "We want to win it".