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NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Game 3 Preview and Pick

August 28, 2019

Trying to become just the sixth team in the
history of the NHL to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville
Predators will look to the last team to accomplish that feat, the 2011 Boston Bruins, for inspiration. Unlike that Cup winning club though, the Preds
face an unwanted goaltender controversy. Pekka Rinne has now allowed 8 goals on 36
shots and as good a story as he’s been throughout this postseason, it’s time to call upon
Juuse Saros for a game in which P.K. Subban has assured victory. If and only if Rinne’s finnish understudy
gets the start in Game 3, will I be backing the Sabre Cats. Let’s look at the reasons why. Through the first two contests, the Preds
have created 64 percent of the scoring chances and 69 percent (nice) of the high-danger scoring
chances. For the most part, the Penguins haven’t
even been creating their own chances as they’ve been getting handed odd man rushes by poor
pinches and ugly turnovers. I’m looking at you Roman Josi. Despite all that, Rinne has given up 5 inexcusable
goals and has potentially buried his team. While I don’t put all the blame on Rinne,
or take all the credit away from Pittsburgh, Peter Laviolette owes it to his team – and
to Preds series backers – to give Saros a chance. What do you have to lose at this point? So, with the caveat of Saros getting the start,
I’ll be playing a parlay for Game 3 including the Preds’ moneyline and UNDER 5.5 that
will pay you off at a price of +200 and make up all your losses if you followed my picks
from Game 1 and 2. Nashville is 7-1 straight up at home this
postseason, allowing just 1.63 goals per game, and 11-3 straight up going back to last year’s
Cup campaign. They’ve been the better team for the majority
of this series and if you eliminate the 7 total minutes where they completely floundered,
they’d probably be up 2-0 or at least tied 1-1. I have to respect P.K. Subban for guaranteeing the victory in Game
3 and since it confirms all the biases I already have, I’m absolutely eating it up. I really think the Preds win the next two
games and send this back to Pittsburgh 2-2. Let me know what you think in the comments
or on Twitter @robtrocity and make sure to head over to for more of the
best hockey betting content. Oh and also, if you find a total for the number
of Cat fishes thrown on the ice Saturday, cast me a line.

1 Comment

  • Reply packerd00 June 3, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Go with Saros

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