Online Sportsbook Betting Series IntensifiesPosted by: Charlie Smith
This weekend’s online NHL betting action ended with country star Keith Urban celebrating alongside his wife, famous actress Nicole Kidman, inside the Bridgestone Arena. But the two were not alone, as the entire Bridgestone Arena was shaking in jubilee as the Nashville Predators had just achieved the greatest victory in franchise history, a win in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Predators managed to manhandle the Pittsburgh Penguins on home turf this past Saturday, proving that PK Subban’s daring promise was nothing short of prophecy. The final score of the match read 5-1 in Nashville’s favor, further showing that the Predators are more than capable of contending with Pittsburgh.
Predators Win in Nashville
Apart from showing sportsbook players that this year’s Stanley Cup Finals will be as memorable as ever, the Predators also got some redemption this past weekend, especially Pekka Rinne. Rinne had been the cornerstone of Nashville’s postseason push, but a few poor minutes against the Penguins left many players wondering whether or not the Preds should make a change.
Fortunately for Nashville fans, their head coach, Peter Laviolette, was firm in his convictions. Laviolette never even pondered the change, confident that the change of landscape would be all his team needs to get back into the mix of things.
A 2-1 deficit isn’t nearly as threatening as being down 3-0. And since the Predators just manhandled the Penguins this past Saturday, scoring 2 goals within 42 seconds of each other, Nashville is bound to come into Game 3 as the online sports betting favorite.
Game 4 – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators – Monday, June 5th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Series: Pittsburgh Leads 2-1
Stream: NBC Sports
Online Sportsbook Odds:
Pittsburgh Penguins +1 ½ (-240) 5 ½ (+115) +135
Nashville Predators -1 ½ (+200) 5 ½ (-135) -155
Staring a rather one-sided defeat in the face, the Penguins now have to figure out how to bounce back away from the PPG Arena. The biggest factor in Pittsburgh’s Game 3 loss, other than the jeering away crowd, was the notable lack of offense their team suffered.
In the first couple games of the series, the Predators managed to put on a strong defensive showing. However, the Penguins still managed to skate and zip their way around Nashville’s tremendous defense, putting up quick points in short bursts. Unfortunately, that explosiveness was nowhere to be found this past weekend. If the Penguins offense is unable to recover, Pittsburgh will certainly end up losing Game 4.
Now with a win over the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Predators will be coming into Game 4 invigorated and with a new sense of purpose. The franchise was highly confident that they could tie the series at home and now they’re already halfway there. This is a big moment for Nashville, making their first Cup appearance and having the opportunity to shut down a sportsbook titan on their way to their first NHL title.