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Can Preds Force Game 7 in Series Where Home Team has Dominated?

Trying to stay alive in their Stanley Cup campaign, the Nashville Predators will look to extend the streak that’s seen the home team win every game in this series and they’ll have to overcome an embarrassment in Pittsburgh in order to do it. The trophy will be in the building tonight for the first time in the best-of-seven and for the Preds, it will be the first time all postseason that they’ve been face-to-face with elimination.

SHARK BITES
  • The Predators are 9-1 SU at Bridgestone Arena this postseason.
  • The road team has been outscored 24-6 in this series.
  • The favored team is 5-0 on the puckline this series and has won by an average of 3.6 goals.

From the stats and trends, it’s clear just how good home teams have been in this matchup but that doesn’t mean we can just pencil in a Game 7. The Penguins will be coming into tonight’s matchup with all the momentum and they’ll be facing a goalie in Pekka Rinne who they’ve now chased from the net on two separate occasions this series. If they beat him with an early one this evening, we could be seeing the Pens crowned in Nashville.

It’s been night-and-day for Rinne and he’s been a microcosm for the Preds’ successes at home and failures on the road. The Finn’s home save percentage through 10 playoff starts in Nashville is close to .950 and if the Preds force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh, it will be partly because of Rinne’s performance tonight.

An interesting point for the Pens tonight is that all four of their Stanley Cup wins have been clinched away from their home building. They’ll be pretty significant moneyline underdogs tonight and I don’t much care for historic trends so I don’t put a ton of stake in that point but the Pens do not want this thing to go seven and they’ll be throwing everything at Rinne tonight hoping they can put the final nail in the Preds’ coffin.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins were listed as 117 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Sunday at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.5-1.8 victory for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 65-28-13 this season, while the Predators are 55-35-13. Pittsburgh is 58-41-7 against the total, while Nashville is 47-44-12 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Nashville vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Nashville Predators and the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Nashville's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.91 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.75 goals allowed. The Predators power play is averaging 18.52% while the Penguins defense kills off 80.55% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Nashville is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Nashville is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games
  • Nashville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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