NHL Betting Picks: Penguins to Take a Commanding Lead in Stanley Cup Final

Stanley Cup Final

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:05 PM GMT

With the public overreacting to Game 1’s shot disadvantage, NHL handicapper Dana Lane says this is the perfect time to jump on the Penguins in game two

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Trevor Daley on the team's performance on game 1: "That's the good thing about the situation. We feel like we can be a lot better."

Well said.

The media has repeated number 37 as if it has anything to do with game two. That’s a number of minutes the Penguins went without a shot on goal from the first through the third period. In fact, the Predators didn’t allow a single second-period shot. You would think that with all that time the Predators would have a real chance to blow out the Penguins. Surely they must have got at least two goals with the puck on their stick so much.

Nope.

The Penguins scored four goals, technically five goals on an empty-netter, on just 12 shots to take a 1-0 series lead heading into tonight’s game two from PPG Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Point is, it’s the Penguins who have some much more room for improvement. The Predators played one of their best games of the postseason and still lost when Jake Guentzel used his quick hands to go short side on Rinne.

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This is the first time the Nashville Predators have trailed in the postseason so let’s see how they handle a little adversity. Speaking of adversity, I think there are some questions if bettors can rely on Pekka Rinne although his numbers are fantastic in the postseason (12-5, .934, 1.83 GA). He’s allowed at least three goals in his last four games while Matt Murray has allowed three or more just once in his last six appearances. Tell me which net-minder would you rather have your money on.

Then there is the fire being lit underneath Phil Kessel by head coach Mike Sullivan who appears not to be happy with Kessel’s effort when he demoted the winger in the second period in game one. Kessel is averaging just 2.8 shots per game, down from 4.1 last postseason. Most professional athletes would take that demotion and respond with a big effort which would give the Penguins first line reliance a break.

Bet on the Penguins and Kessel raise their game while grabbing a 2-0 series lead. Keep checking SBR's NHL Odds page for the best available number on tonight’s play.