Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Playoffs Over-Under Pick: Under 5.5 goals (June 4th 2016)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins made the most of their home ice advantage in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals as they enter the Shark Tank Friday night with a 2-0 lead in the series. While this isn’t exactly an elimination game, the Sharks will likely treat it as such. With the stakes being so high, expect scoring chances to be few and far between.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Previous History – We saw the Blackhawks and the Lightning fail to score more than five goals in five of six games in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, and so far both games in this series have failed to reach the total. Another low scoring game is likely here in Game 3.
2. Special Teams – The Penguins may have a below average power-play (16th during the regular season), but their penalty killing unit ranks among the league’s best. Pittsburgh is 0-for-5 on the power-play so far in this series.
3. X-Factor – The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams.
Selection: This is a play on the Pens@Sharks to go UNDER the total (Free)