If Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is anything to go by, we may be in for a long, tremendously exciting, series. It looked early on as though the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions, were going to steamroll the Predators, as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Nashville have proven throughout this postseason that they are a gritty bunch, and they reiterated it once more by chipping away and getting the game back to 3-3. The Predators have won all 3 of their opening games on the road this postseason, and once they had things tied up, I’m sure that many people were starting to believe that they were going to make it 4 in a row. The Penguins are champions for a reason, though, and they failed to panic, adding another couple of goals to skate away with a 5-3 victory in Game 1. Nashville has no time to feel sorry for themselves, as it’s back to business for Game 2 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. If they get a win there, they get the split, and the first part of their mission is accomplished. Find the latest NHL betting spreads here.
In Depth Analysis On The Predators At Penguins NHL Expert Predictions For Game 2
When: Wednesday, May 31 at 8 PM EST
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -1½ (+195)
Why bet on the Nashville Predators
After losing Game 1, the Nashville Predators find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as this is the first time that the have fallen behind in a series during this postseason. It’s also the first time that they have not won the opening game of a series, and you have to wonder how they are going to handle being in this position. You get the sense that they will be fine, as they don’t seem like a group that is predisposed to panic. You need only look at how Game 1 played out to see that they have a never say die attitude. Defensively, though, they are going to need to tighten up, as the Penguins will end this thing quickly if they continue to score as easily as they did in the opener.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
Game 1 ha actually been a pretty solid example of how the Penguins have played all through the playoffs. They have had difficulty killing teams off, and have had a tendency to do things the hard way. As tough as they have made things, they always seem to find a way to pull out the big win. Coring 5 on a goaltender who has arguably been the MVP of the postseason so far is certainly a great start, but there are still defensive issues that the Penguins need to deal with, as this game should really have been over after the first period.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Penguins are now 8-3 at home in the postseason, and have now reeled off 4 straight wins in their own building. I think they find a way to get the win again in Game 2 before heading to Nashville.