Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Sharks vs Penguins Odds
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2016 Stanley Cup Finals: Game 5
Date: Wednesday, June 9 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -150
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 +180
NHL Betting Total: 5
Prob. Goalies: Jones (SJ) | Murray (PIT)
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Pittsburgh is just one game away from glory.
After stealing Game 4, the Penguins now hold a commanding 3-1 lead as the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks haven’t been far off in this series. The first 3 games were decided by 1 goal, with 2 coming in overtime. San Jose was on the wrong end of 2 of those making Game 4 extremely important.
The Sharks fell behind 2-0, but an early 3rd period goal got them within 1. That was as close as they would get as they allowed a late one to seal their fate. The task is now extremely tall for the Sharks, who must rattle off 3 straight wins with 2 on the road.
While it’s tough to find any positives right now, San Jose can rely on the their solid road play. They were the best road team in the NHL this season. A win here in Game 5 can put the series back on par.
Scoring has been the biggest problem this series for the Sharks. They haven’t been able to figure out the Pittsburgh defense and some of that comes from the possession game.
San Jose has really struggled to maintain the puck, especially in Pittsburgh’s zone. With their backs firmly against the wall now, look for them to be a lot more aggressive here.
The Pittsburgh Penguins started the 2015-2016 season off with a lot of struggles. In fact, it looked like this team would struggle just to make the playoffs.
However, they removed all doubt with a big run and haven’t looked back since. They took down the best team in the NHL in the Caps this postseason and after surviving 7 against the Lightning, they’re now one game away against the Sharks.
Matt Murray has been the biggest key this postseason. He has been dominant and once again came up clutch as he turned aside 23 of 24 shots faced.
Phil Kessel has been the best offensive player in the postseason for them. Kessel assisted 2 of the 3 goals in Game 4 and has been the biggest offensive threat for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have found success with peppering the net. They sit first in the NHL with nearly 34 shots per game.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Sharks are 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Sharks are 18-6 in their last 24 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 21-8 in their last 29 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Penguins are 11-2 in their last 13 Thursday games.
- Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Stanley Cup Finals games.
Free San Jose Sharks vs.Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
This series has been extremely close. San Jose has had chances in all 4 games.
If Pittsburgh gets an early strike, this game will be over.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins ML
With home ice and more firepower offensively, the Penguins get the value here and get the job done as they hoist the cup on Thursday.
NHL Free Score Prediction:Pittsburgh Penguins 5- San Jose Sharks 2
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