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NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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NHL betting trends, odds and predictions for Thursday, June 8th, 2017 from various handicappers and websites
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Home team won first four Finals games, and last seven Nashville-Pittsburgh tilts overall; Penguins are 10-4 in last 14 games with Nashville- five of last seven series games went over. Predators lost three of last four road games; they lost last four games in Steel City, outscored 18-8- under is 8-4-2 in their last 14 games. Pittsburgh won its last five home games. Under is 3-2-1 in their last six games. Penguins won Cup LY and in 2009; they’re 4-1 overall in Stanley Cup final series. Nashville is in its first Stanley Cup final. Predators are 4-12 on power play in series; Penguins are 1-16.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Betting Preview: Predators at Penguins
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Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins (-155, 5.5)

The Pittsburgh Penguins' high-octane offense looks to get back on track in Thursday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the visiting Nashville Predators after being stuck in neutral for the previous two contests in the Music City. Captain Sidney Crosby ended his Stanley Cup Final drought of 12 games without a goal by tallying in Monday's 4-1 setback, but Pittsburgh was outscored 9-2 in Games 3 and 4 to see the best-of-seven series knotted at 2-2.

"We're confident our team will respond the right way, as they always have all season long," coach Mike Sullivan said of the Penguins, who have seen Phil Kessel and Bryan Rust mired in respective six-game goal droughts while former Predator Patric Hornqvist has failed to tally in his last five. "I believe we have great leadership in our room. We've got good players. They understand the circumstances and we've felt as though, with each game that we've played here, our team game is getting stronger." Nashville's Frederick Gaudreau continued his brilliant series by scoring the decisive goal for the second straight contest, joining fellow rookie Jake Guentzel of Pittsburgh by accounting for all four-game winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final. "(Gaudreau's) been unbelievable for us, just the way he's come in and he's been so good with the timely goals and so composed," Predators captain Mike Fisher said of the 24-year-old, who had one assist in nine regular-season NHL games in his career.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Penguins as -148 favorites and they have been bet up slightly to the current number of -155. The total for Game 5 is set at 5.5. Check out the complete line history here.

PROBABLE GOALIE MATCHUP: Pekka Rinne vs Matt Murray

Rinne - W/L: 14-6, GAA: 1.88, SAVE %: .932
Murray - W/L: 5-3, GAA: 2.08, SAVE %: .925

INJURY REPORT:

Predators -
D P. Subban (Probable Thursday, ankle), LW C. Wilson (Questionable Thursday, lower body), C R. Johnasen (Out for season, thigh), LW K. Fiala (Out for season, leg).

Penguins - RW P. Hornqvist (Questionable Thursday, wrist), C N. Bonino (Questionable Thursday, lower body), RW T. Kuhnhackl (Out indefinitely, lower body), D C. Ruhwedel (Out indefinitely, concussion), K. Letang (Out for season, neck).

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne silenced critics by turning aside 50 of 52 shots in his last two games to improve to 9-1 at home in the postseason, but his play in Pittsburgh leaves plenty to be desired. The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist has yielded at least four goals in each contest en route to losing all five of his career decisions in the Steel City, including eight tallies on 36 shots collectively in Games 1 and 2. Rinne's defense has been up to the task in the last two contests, but P.K. Subban's availability for Game 5 could be in question as the blue-liner was not on the ice to begin practice Wednesday after blocking Evgeni Malkin's shot late the third period in Game 4.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: In a move that parallels that of Nashville coach Peter Laviolette prior to Game 3, Sullivan refused to reveal the identity of his starting netminder for Game 5 after Matt Murray yielded eight goals on 58 shots in the last two contests. For his part, the 23-year-old Murray admitted he wouldn't spill the beans even if he was in on the secret, telling the team's website Wednesday that "Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you." Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs because of a lower-body injury, with veteran Marc-Andre Fleury recording a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 GAA and .924 save percentage.

TRENDS:

* Predators are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Pittsburgh.
* Home team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.
* Under is 4-1-2 in Penguins last seven games after scoring two goals or less in the revious game.
* Under is 5-1-3 in Predators last nine Thursday games.
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NASHVILLE (55-34-0-13, 123 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (64-28-0-13, 141 pts.)

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Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 6-4 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 6-4-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.2 Units)
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NASHVILLE vs. PITTSBURGH
Nashville is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
Nashville is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Nashville
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NASHVILLE @ PITTSBURGH
Nashville is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Nashville
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