2017 NHL Free Picks For Pittsburgh At Nashville Game 3

Posted by Henry Watkins on Friday,June 2, 2017 11:45, EDT in

You don’t like to think of Game 3 of a playoff series as being do or die, but that may well be what the Nashville Predators are looking at in the Stanley Cup Final. They made it to the final by playing solid defense and getting great goaltending from Pekka Rinne, but they have been totally shelled in the opening 2 games of the series, heading home with a 0-2 deficit. The Predators have been great in their own building this postseason, and can get back in this thing by getting a win in Game 3.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins took the hard road to the Stanley Cup Final, but they have made this series look pretty easy so far, delivering explosive offensive outbursts in both of the opening games. We have been delivering some nice winning picks for you guys in the final, and have won 4 of the 6 predictions that we offered up, hopefully putting a little extra cash in your pockets. Let’s see if we can do the same in Game 3.

2017 NHL Free Picks For Pittsburgh Penguins At Nashville Predators Game 3

When: Saturday, June 3 at 8 PM EST
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
TV: NBCSN
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: Nashville Predators -1½ (+225)

 

 

Why bet on the Nashville Predators

If Nashville Predators are going to make a series of this, they are going to do it on home ice. They are a combined 31-18 in their own building through the regular season and playoffs, and have only dropped 1 game at home in their impressive playoff run. They are not used to playing from behind, though, as this is the first time that they have been behind in a series. The defense has to improve if they are to peg this one back, which is easier said than done when you are going up against the best offensive unit in the league. Getting off to a fast start is key for the Predators in Game 3, because the Penguins have been scoring in bunches, and could put this one away before it even gets started.

Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins

We all knew that the Penguins had a great offensive unit, but they have been downright clinical through the opening two games. The scored 3 quick goals early in Game 1, and while the lost that lead, they still managed to put it away in the end. They burst open a tight one in the second game of the series, scoring 2 quicks goals to start the third period, eventually coming away with a 4-1 win. This series can turn around quickly if the Penguins continue with their road woes. They are just 24-26 through the regular season and playoffs on the road, so they will be aware that this thing is not over. A spit on the road may well prove to be enough, though.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that the Penguins will go into Nashville and get the split they need, but I think the win will come in Game 4. I like Nashville to win this one in a tight affair.

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