Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Game 6 Free Pick - Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins are just one win away from their second-straight Stanley Cup title heading into Sunday’s Game 6 of the NHL Finals against the Nashville Predators. All the action from Bridgestone Arena is slated to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Pittsburgh at Nashville Game Overview
Pittsburgh left no doubt in anyone’s mind that it is dialed in when it comes to winning a second-straight Stanley Cup title in as many years with Thursday’s 6-0 romp over Nashville as a -164 home favorite. The Penguins took the total OVER the 5.5-goal closing line on their own and it has now gone OVER in three of the first five games in this series. They will now have to find a way to win on the road after losing five of their last seven road games.
A three-goal barrage in the opening period of Game 6 put things away for good and by the time the third period got underway Pittsburgh had already doubled that lead to six. While the Penguins have outscored the Predators 15-4 in three games at home in this series, they lost the two road games in Nashville by a combined score of 9-2. The key to wrapping things up on Sunday night will be a fast start on the scoreboard by their top sharpshooters Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel and one more stellar effort by Matt Murray in goal after turning away all of the 24 shots he faced on Thursday night.
The pressure has really been dialed up on Nashville heading into Sunday nights must win; facing elimination for the first time this postseason. The good news for Predators’ fans has been their team’s almost perfect run through the playoffs on its home ice. The only setback in the last 10 games they have played at Bridgestone Arena was a Game 4 loss to Anaheim. Nashville outscored its opponents by a total of 20 goals in those other nine victories.
The Predators will need a big effort from center Filip Forsberg as the team’s leading goal scorer (10) in the postseason as well as on defense by players such as Ryan Ellis and PK Subban, but their chances of extending this series to a winner-take-all battle back in Pittsburgh could rest on the play of goalie Pekka Rinne. He was benched in Game 5 after giving up those first three goals, but his replacement Juuse Saros did not do all that much better against Pittsburgh’s relentless offensive attack.
Pittsburgh at Nashville Game Betting Trends
- The Penguins are 15-4 in their last 19 game on Sunday, but they have lost four of their last five games on the road. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in 15 of their last 19 Sunday games.
- The Predators have gone just 2-6 in their last eight games against the Eastern Conference, but they are 6-2 in their last eight Sunday games. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 11 of their last 13 home games.
- The home team in this matchup has now won the last eight meetings and the total has gone OVER in six of those contests.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Prediction
Even though the Penguins may have the champagne on ice to celebrate a second-straight NHL title, you have to believe that Nashville will be able to find a way to force a Game 7 with a victory in Game 6 given how the home team has dominated play the past few games.
The a bolder bet for Sunday night would be to roll the dice on Nashville and the -1.5 puck line at +200 betting odds given how the favorite has won by two or more goals in the first five games of this series.
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