Pens To Get One Win Away from Back-to-Back Titles

Stanley Cup Finals 2017

Dana Lane

Saturday, June 3, 2017 4:58 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017 4:58 PM UTC

The Predators are finally back in ‘Smashville’ after dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh but NHL analyst Dana Lane anticipates the same result.

My followers have to be getting excited as our futures bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup is about to come to fruition. I’m going to keep pounding the Penguins until Crosby, Malkin, and Murray are holding the Stanley Cup for the second time in as many years.

Wednesday, followers of the ‘Puckheads’ and my daily write-ups got two huge winners with the Penguins and ‘under’ in game two so make sure to check out our video tomorrow morning when I’ll have a release on the ‘total’ to go with the Pens.

It’s a broken record by now but like my Penguins prediction I’ve been screaming about depth and how much it means to Mike Sullivan’s Penguins. Sullivan didn’t panic by asking his big guns to play 25 minutes a game. He simply put a little more on the back of guys like Carter Rowney who played only 16 regular season games. It’s the ultimate in the ‘next man up’ philosophy. Believe in the organization.

In a microcosm, the Penguins third line of Nick Bonino, Jake Guentzel, and Rowney outplayed Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, and Frederick Gaudreau. With Guentzel’s two goals and Bonino’s grit the Penguins were able to impose their will on Nashville and Pekka Rinne. Bonino is listed as day to day for game three after blocking a shot in game two. Next man up either way.

Think about this, the Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jake Guentzel on three different lines. Even with the injury to Kris Letang the Pens simply made adjustments. You’ll notice that the forwards come back to help out a lot more than normal giving guys like Justin Shultz and Ian Cole some help getting the puck out of their defensive zone. The Pens are a quick passing team now rather than the one who was always looking for the stretch pass up the middle.

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Coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the #StanleyCup Finals isn't impossible. These five teams pulled it off:

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 2, 2017

Too much depth and experience for me, I’m jumping on Pittsburgh to make this a 3-0 series. Keep checking SBR's NHL Odds Page for the best available number on tonight’s play.

Free NHL Pick: Penguins +124Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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