The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins turn their attention back to Pittsburgh, as they head into Game 5 tied at two games apiece. The Penguins were able to take advantage of a disorientated and shaky Pekka Rinne in net in Pittsburgh, but they didn’t have the same fortunes in Nashville.
Rinne played solid in net, and the guys in front of him took care of the rest. Credit to the Nashville crowd as well, who win the award for best crowd versus Penguins’ fans. It was quite the frenzied atmosphere, and they have to take some credit for the results in Game 3 and 4.
Both teams have served home through the first four games of the series. Pittsburgh won both at home, and then the Predators followed suit in Game 3 and 4. If the trend continues, the Penguins win tonight at home. The Predators do have some solace, though. They were the better team in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena. Some may disagree, but if Rinne didn’t shat the ice, the Preds win at least one game.
We suspected that this was going to be a long, exciting series. It hasn’t disappointed and we’re at least going to see a Game 6 back in Nashville. The hockey fan in me is personally pulling for a Game 7, while the sports investor in me is just hoping to make a few bucks.
It’s been a profitable Stanley Cup Final for us, as we’ve cashed in on three of four games. The only we failed to win was Game 1, a game which we probably should have won on the Predators, but occasional bad beats are part of the industry. Let’s look to make it another winning pick in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Get our free Predators vs. Penguins Game 5 pick below.
Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5 Pick
The Penguins, in my opinion, haven’t put together a complete effort yet this series. They won Game 1 and 2, but did they look like the Penguins? Well, I will tell you one thing, though, their defense has not been a strong point all season long. In that sense, yes, they were playing like the Penguins. What has been most surprising is that the offense has not gotten going. Rinne letting in soft goals was the catalyst for their wins at home in Pittsburgh. However, Matt Murray caught the Rinne bug in Nashville.
Is Rinne going to regress back to the way he was playing in Pittsburgh? I doubt he’s going to play that poorly, but when are we going to see a complete effort from the Penguins’ offense in this series? The Penguins finished 1st in the NHL during the regular season with 3.39 goals per game. Their defense was 17th, way back of their pace from last season. Despite having the best offense in the regular season, the Penguins have been outshot in every game in the Stanley Cup Final.
Maybe a little surprising, but like I said, they’ve failed to put a complete game together against the Preds’ defense. The Penguins are 40-7-4 at home this year, including the playoffs. Rinne should play better than he did the last time he was in Pittsburgh, but I expect a jolt from the Pens’ offense on Thursday night. The Pens take Game 5, setting up a must-win for the Predators back in Nashville.
PICK: PENGUINS (-155)