Penguins home favorites against Predators for Game 5 of Stanley Cup final

He was pulled after the first period by coach Peter Laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night.

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.

"We've got to be better in front of him". "I think if you watch just the history of the playoffs here, each game tends to take on its own identity, and I believe that teams that make it this far certainly have a resilience about them that they have the ability to respond and rebound and put their best effort forward", he said. Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. Coach Mike Sullivan thinks his Penguins are playing better, harder and smarter over the past two games.

"We know we can be a lot better", Fisher said.

And so we head back to Nashville, where you know it's going to be nuts. A bettor would have to wager $155 to earn a profit of $100 if the Penguins win the game. However, there's always the chance that they could win Game 5, lose Game 6 in Nashville, and end up back in Pittsburgh for the series' decisive game. Pekka Rinne silenced the critics for the second straight game with a 23 save performance for his 14th win of the playoffs that continued the Predators strong play on home ice. Hainsey's second goal of the playoffs came 16:40 into the period. However, with offensive linchpins such as Crosby and C Evgeni Malkin and their supporting cast that includes LW Conor Sheary, RW Jake Guentzel and RW Phil Kessel, the Penguins are very efficient offensively.

Rinne's backup, Juuse Saros, has just 23 National Hockey League games of experience, including his two partial games in this series.

The Predators outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the past two games.

It was a familiar showing for Rinne.

Nonetheless, when the Penguins face Nashville in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final today at PPG Paints Arena, they will have an opportunity to accomplish a feat none of the franchise's most esteemed clubs - including the four that have captured Stanley Cups - managed.

Sports' Kevin Allen explains why Pittsburgh and Nashville can feel good about their chances heading into Game 5.

Arvidsson's dramatic goal spike during the regular season was fuelled by an increase in shots - he had nearly 250 - and shooting percentage (12.6 per cent) and a comfortable fit alongside the Preds' two most unsafe offensive players.

"Opportunities like this, they don't come around often, so you want to make the majority", Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. So for three series, we've been able to do that. "Our focus is really more concerned about just that one game in front of us".

Penguins center Nick Bonino is not on the ice for warmups prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators and is and out again.

Rinne insisted his confidence isn't shaken though he was disappointed with Thursday's result.

Will Pekka Rinne mirror Games 1-2 or Games 3-4?

"We just had some breakdowns and mental lapses that cost us".

A holding penalty on Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis 50 seconds in gave the Penguins the power play. Rinne made six saves on nine shots in 20 minutes of ice time before ceding the crease to Saros, who stopped 12 out of 15 shots. Ron Hainsey's goal with 3:20 left in the second frame extended Pittsburgh's lead to 6-0. Will home cooking help the Penguins, or will the Predators continue to dictate the flow of play? He also isn't anxious about the Penguins getting overconfident with a chance to win the Stanley Cup on Sunday night. Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.

The guy that scored the victor in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final doesn't even have a locker in the Nashville Predators' dressing room.

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