Gary | Sat 10/06/2017 - 06:24 EDT

Penguins eager to seal the deal in Game 6

Penguins eager to seal the deal in Game 6
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a win away from capturing their second straight NHL championship and the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup. The Pens will have to defeat the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena. Can the defending champs take down the Preds on the road?

The Pens will win the Cup in Game 6

Here are a few Stanley Cup betting lines to consider for Game 6. Odds are courtesy of Bovada.

Nashville Predators (-140) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (+120)

Pens Preds

The Pittsburgh Penguins have yet to win a game in Nashville during the Stanley Cup Final, but there will be a little more incentive for Sunday night’s game at Bridgestone Arena — a second straight championship.

The Penguins can become the first team in the salary cap era to capture back-to-back titles on Sunday when they head to Nashville for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Predators enter the must-win situation as -140 favorites on home ice, where the club has only dropped one game in the post season.

The Preds have been one of the better defensive teams during the playoffs, but the club got more than they could handle in Game 5 as the Penguins cruised to a 6-0 victory in front of a home crowd at PPG Paints Arena.

Don’t expect a blowout in Nashville despite the total goals projection being set at 5.5. Bovada has also set an over/under total goal projection of 2.5 for the Predators, who netted nine goals combined in Games 2 and 3 of this final.

Aside from the opening tilt of the Cup championship, the other games have produced lop-sided results the rest of the way. What we haven’t seen yet is a contest being determined in overtime — a situation that is very likely for Game 6. Bovada is offering an intriguing +305 line the game will need extra periods to determine a winner.

After a pair of quiet outings, the Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin combination rebounded nicely in Game 6, combining for five points in Pittsburgh’s convincing victory.

Despite blowout results in the last three contests, the matchup between the Pens and Preds has actually been very close, with the edge going to Nashville.

In the last three games, the Predators are averaging 3 goals per game and 27.67 shots. The Western Conference champions have a remarkable 20 percent conversion on the power play during that stretch as well. The Penguins have put up 2.67 goals per game in that span, while averaging 25.33 shots on the Predators. 

Cup odds

While home ice has been everything in this series, netting the game’s first goal hasn’t resulted in a guaranteed victory.

The Penguins won the Stanley Cup on the road a year ago, eliminating the San Jose Sharks in six games. Expect the same result on Sunday night when Crosby accepts the Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for a second consecutive season.

Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (+120) and the under (5.5)

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