NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Sports Betting Odds Previews for Thursday

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The NHL Stanley Cup Finals hit a critical stage as its Game 5 in a 2-2 series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at home to the Nashville Predators. The Predators and Penguins get things started from Pittsburgh at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Pittsburgh Penguins favored by -155 odds with the return on the underdog Nashville Predators at +135 odds. Goal total came in at 5 ½.

The home teams have held serve in this series. After falling down 0-2 in this series the Nashville Predators win Game 3 and 4 by the scores of 5-1 and 4-1. It was a huge confidence boost for Predators goalie Pekka Rinne to limit the Penguins offense to just one goal in each of those home games. Questions circulated among media whether Nashville would make the switch in net after the Penguins scored nine goals in the first two games of this series. The Predators have been very strong at home in the playoffs with only one loss which came in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville has got a lift from rookie center Frederick Gaudreau who has scored three goals in this series. He had gone scoreless in two playoffs games against Anaheim and had no goals in the nine regular season games he played. Gaudreau was credited with the game winner on Monday. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in this series in Game 4 which tied the game at 1-1. It broke a goalless streak of five games. In the playoffs. he is ahead of last year’s totals as Crosby had 16 goals in the 22 games. Pittsburgh has had difficulty getting their power play going in the Stanley Cup Finals. They went 0 for 6 in Nashville and have been 1 of 16 in the four games. Nashville converted four power play goals in their 12 chances. Penguins goalie Matt Murray allowed eight goals in the two games held in Nashville. The five he allowed in Game 3 was the most he allowed in any single game in these playoffs.

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