Pirates Anxious for NHL Betting Comeback on Home Court
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
This year’s NHL betting Stanley Cup Final has turned out to be better than anyone could’ve expected. From the Penguins’ quick burst of offensive prowess, to PK Subban’s Nashville promise, this year’s NHL Finals are one hockey fans will never forget. The series is set to return to Pittsburgh, where the Penguins will look to recover from the damage they sustained at the Bridgestone Arena.
Game 4’s Predatory Results
As the series prepared to return to Nashville, one of the biggest sportsbook headlines involved PK Subban’s bold promise that the Predators would fight their way back into the series in Nashville. Two Stanley Cup matches later, and the Preds came through on Subban’s clairvoyant prediction. And the way they did it left no room for uncertainty; Nashville can beat the reigning champions.
The Predators kicked things off in the Bridgestone Arena by beating Pittsburgh 5-1 in Game 3. Naturally, the Penguins, and NHL betting fans as well, were eager to put on a stronger show in Game 4 to prove defiantly that they are the rightful champions.
That was not the case as the Predators once again came out on top in Game 4, by an equally impressive 4-1 result. Now the Pirates are starting to feel the heat as all the momentum has swung in Nashville’s favor. However, the hockey playoff odds don’t think Pittsburgh will have a hard time winning on home court this Thursday.
Game 5 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Nashville Predators – Thursday, June 8th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Series: Tied 2-2
Stream: NBC Sports
Hockey Playoff Odds:
Pittsburgh Pirates -1 ½ (+205) 5 ½ (-135) -145
Nashville Predators +1 ½ (-245) 5 ½ (+115) +125
It’s been a rough couple of games for Pittsburgh, with everything they attempt getting stuffed or blocked. Nevertheless, the team’s performance early in the series should be enough for the club to feel confident ahead of Game 5. Nevertheless, the Predators have now shown that they can go toe-to-toe with the reigning champs for the entire length of a game, something they hadn’t shown early in the Stanley Cup Finals. The raucous caused by the home crowd should be enough to tilt the scales in Pittsburgh’s favor, but it’ll certainly be tougher to beat the confident Predators this time around.
Frederick Gaudreau has come up big for the Predators. In fact, Gaudreau, an undrafted free agent appearing in just his 6th playoff match, Gaudreau is the 2nd player in NHL history to score his first 3 career goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s an interesting statistic, one that helped the Predators take the lead with 3:45 into the second-period in Game 4.
The Predators played exceptionally in the first two games of this NHL betting Finals. However, they’ve reached another level of excellent in these last two contests. On top of PK Rinne making spectacular save after spectacular save, the puck has fell in Nashville’s favor in every instance. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case in Pittsburgh.