Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reacts after Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators scored an open net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Four of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thursday night was a big night for the Nashville Predators as they take on the Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. With the Penguins controlling home-ice advantage in what has now become a best-of-three series, Nashville continues to lag on the Stanley Cup Final series price at +105. But they didn’t get any of those things in Nashville, and now it’s a best-of-three for the Cup.
But first, check out the great photos from Monday night’s big win. Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League.
“I know it’s a nasty hole to be in”, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said Tuesday. He’s got good instincts.
The Penguins, who are 52-17-11 as a favorite this season, will be facing a major adjustment in going from the Ottawa Senators’ conservative defensive style in their previous round to Nashville’s high-paced game.
There’s no doubt the Penguins need Matt Murray to be better in Game 5, but they could also help themselves by improving their transition game and getting their stars back on track.
Who should be in the net for Game 5 for the Pittsburgh Penguins? That hasn’t changed. Desperate is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot.
It was all Penguins from puck drop onward, as Justin Schultz got Pittsburgh on the board a minute and a half into the game on the power play. Filip Forsberg, the most risky Predator and someone who also notched 31 this season, also landed only his first of the final in Game 4 and it came into an empty net. Entering Thursday, Wilson has played 12 playoff games this season with two goals and two assists.
The Preds also contained the Penguins in the wins, holding them to just two goals while snuffing out six power-play attempts. “My game is fine, but I can play a little bit harder and play more with puck”.
Before the start of the series, the Penguins had -150 odds to win, while the Predators were +130 underdogs.
“I wasn’t certain, but when they put the replay up on the scoreboard I sort of thought it was in”. “I think you’ll see we’ll be ready for it”.
If Crosby brought his “A” game, Pekka Rinne once again brought his road game. “I know our whole team, our whole organization are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we’ve enjoyed here at home this season”.
It isn’t just Phil Kessel who is hoping to bring more offence to the table for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators. They knew they would be starting on the road in every series, and the Predators responded by winning the opener of their first three series.
“I think we’re going to expect their best hockey in their rink”, Predators forward James Neal said. “We capitalized on errors and Pek’s was there for us when they had their chances”, said Ellis. “We talked before game, I tell him, ‘Don’t look to me, use your shot and I wait at the net and wait for the rebound.’ Same like me”.
“We have no home ice [advantage]”, Laviolette said.