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Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Odds And Prediction

Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Odds And Prediction
Prior to the calendar flipping to June, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals plays out in the Steel City tonight. Sidney Crosby & Crew can take a commanding 2-0 series lead after the Penguins posted a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday. Following a bizarre opener, Match 2 of the NHL Championship goes at 8:00 PM ET on May 31, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Predators at Penguins Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Review

One of the most bizarre matches in Stanley Cup Finals history played out in Steel Town two nights ago. The strangeness started with a Nashville goal being disallowed, due to a sketchy offside call, and it continued with a phantom penalty that gave the Penguins a 5 on 3 power play. Pittsburgh cashed in and took a 1-0 lead that expanded to 3-0 over the final 3:23 of the first period. Nashville outshot the Pens by a 9-0 count (yes ZERO) and closed the gap to 3-1 during the second frame.

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Craziness continued during the final twenty minutes as the Predators had a tiny 6-4 shot advantage and scored on two of their chances to tie the contest. A Jake Guentzel goal at the 16:43 mark, plus an empty net tally late, sealed the deal for Pittsburgh. After carrying the Preds on his back during the 2017 NHL playoffs, Pekka Rinne had his worst game of the second season. Rinne will need to be better in goal for the Smashville Squad to earn a 1-1 Cup Final series split in the Steel City.

NHL Championship Game 2 Preview: Nashville at Pittsburgh

Check the scoreboard is all Crosby & Co. need to say after Game 1. However, since records were first kept on shot stats over a half century ago, the Pens 12 shots on goal is the lowest total a team has recorded while winning a Stanley Cup Final match. Being up 3-0 factored in the Pens posting zero second periods shots, which is also an NHL record, but Pittsburgh has to be concerned by their shot futility that actually went for 37:09 and carried over from the second frame to the third period.

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Predators  +1.5 (-245)  +120  o5.5 (+130)
Penguins  -1.5 (+195)  -1140  u5.5 (-150)

For their part, Nashville should have learned at least two valuable lessons during their Game 1 loss. First and foremost, they proved they could contend with, and even control, the Penguins powerful offense. Second, stupid or retaliatory penalties, like the open ice cross checking penalty James Neal committed will turn the tide of any NHL Championship contest. The Predators also know that they need to do a better job of not allowing the floodgates to open when faced with in-game adversity.

Penguins vs Predators Match 2 Predictions – Pittsburgh 4-1 Final

One game does not make a match but Nashville has fallen in a deep hole as teams that have won Game 1 of the NHL Championship series have gone on to claim the Cup a tick above 78% of the time. A rebound is of huge importance as the Preds would gain home ice advantage heading back to Smashville. They are certainly capable of doing just that as the Preds lost Game 2 vs Anaheim, by the same 5-3 score during the Western Conference Final, and then won Game 3 by a 2-1 margin. 

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We backed the Preds in Game 1 and, while it would have been a miracle win if they completed the comeback, the Music City Crew won all but about five of the first 60 minutes played. In our initial preview of this series, we called for Nashville to win in six games and that is still our mindset. A win here is paramount to that prediction coming to fruition. We are backing the Predators (+125) money line posted at William Hill with a 100-unit wager on this Game 2 fight in the Steel City.

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While fantastic Stanley Cup wagering options, including player props and futures odds, are flooding top ranked online sportsbooks – that is just the tip of the betting bundle. After taking off what seems like a month, the much anticipated Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals crank up in Oakland on June 1, 2017. While betting against the best player in a particular sport is not normally a good idea, LeBron James in this case, we feel Stephen Curry & Crew will reclaim the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Golden State are surprisingly huge chalk for the CLE vs GSW Act III battle.

Beyond that, the Boys of Summer are in full flight as they have played one-third of the 2017 MLB season. Daily game options, plus Divisional, League and World Series prices are all currently posted by the bookmakers we recommend here are Canada Sports Betting. Also, with kickoff of NFL Week 1 action now just 99 sleeps away, Canuck ‘Cappers are being offered a football field full of pigskin wagering options. Do you have a preseason Super Bowl LII favorite? We would love to hear it so feel free to post your pick and follow us on Facebook. This is a fantastic sports betting window!

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