SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins look to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 38 goals, Roman Josi has 68 assists and Matt Duchene has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 149 goals on 1,892 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 31 goals on 281 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 33 goals, Kris Letang has 53 assists and Evan Rodriguez has 218 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 131 goals on 1,629 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 49 goals on 514 shots.
The Predators are 19-7 in their last 26 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Penguins are 45-21 in their last 66 Sunday games and 19-8 in their last 27 vs. Central. The over is 35-17 in Predators last 52 overall. The over is 9-3-1 in Penguins last 13 home games. The Predators are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-16 in the last 23 meetings.
While both teams are on the end of a back to back here, this is a much tougher schedule spot for the Nashville Predators, who have to travel and played into Saturday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins had their game end Saturday afternoon, and they don’t have to travel for this game. Major advantage for the Penguins here. Also, the Penguins have beaten up on the Predators over the years. Give me the home team and the reasonable juice given the circumstances.