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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/21/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (39-24-0-11, 89 pts.) at NASHVILLE (42-27-0-5, 89 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/21/2019 8:05 PM
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37PITTSBURGH+135Ov 6,-120+130Ov 6,-120
38NASHVILLE-155Un 6,+100-150Un 6,+100
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games39-35-0-1339-35-1333-353.432.93.033.5
Team Stats (Road Games)18-19-0-5.218-19-5.218-183.432.62.932.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.92-3-1.91-32.835.82.634.0
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)74251789869614243610.3%2075225.1%421
Team Stats (Road Games)3712733523937120610.5%943133.0%211
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514086011797.8%17529.4%20
Stats Against (All Games) 223648068111524809.0%2064019.4%379
Stats Against (Road Games) 10730363381112078.9%1021413.7%177
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13344211707.6%11218.2%22
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)3630106097191.6%115-15-8.515-15-0-913-14
CASEY DESMITH (Road Games)151444240190.7%05-9-75-9-0-76-7
CASEY DESMITH(vs. Non-Conference)171549945891.8%18-7-3.88-7-0-46-7
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)4311610691.4%02-1+0.92-1-0+11-2
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (Road Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY(vs. Non-Conference)11252080.0%00-1-1.10-1-0-11-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
MATT MURRAY (All Games)42421346123491.7%224-18-2.224-18-0-119-20
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)212169564793.1%013-8+4.113-8-0+411-10
MATT MURRAY(vs. Non-Conference)111135232291.5%18-3+4.28-3-0+57-3
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)4413112091.6%01-3-2.91-3-0-31-2

NASHVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games42-32-0-742-32-731-403.032.82.629.5
Team Stats (Home Games)23-14-0-3.623-14-3.613-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.23-2+0.21-
NASHVILLE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)7422249808492324289.1%2393213.4%358
Team Stats (Home Games)3711027413751212508.8%1331813.5%169
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515348021529.9%12216.7%24
Stats Against (All Games) 1955672625921868.9%2284318.9%314
Stats Against (Home Games) 902430351210208.8%1222218.0%151
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11443011248.9%14214.3%18
NASHVILLE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PEKKA RINNE (All Games)50491369125291.5%327-22-8.627-22-0-1018-29
PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)262669363591.6%317-9-0.817-9-0-27-17
PEKKA RINNE(vs. Non-Conference)181849845892.0%210-8-2.710-8-0-27-11
PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)44999191.9%13-1+1.53-1-0+21-3
JUUSE SAROS (All Games)292580974091.5%215-10+1.515-10-0+113-11
JUUSE SAROS (Home Games)111132529590.8%16-5-2.86-5-0-36-4
JUUSE SAROS(vs. Non-Conference)121032330193.2%18-2+4.48-2-0+45-4
JUUSE SAROS (Last 4 Games)4412611792.9%12-2-0.32-2-0-11-3
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.11,  NASHVILLE 3.11
2/23/2019at PHILADELPHIA3-4L0, -140L6.5 unO
2/26/2019at COLUMBUS5-2W0, +140W6.5 ovO
3/1/2019at BUFFALO3-4L0, -130L6.5 ovO
3/2/2019at MONTREAL5-1W0, +105W6.5 ovU
3/5/2019FLORIDA3-2W0, -180W7 evU
3/7/2019COLUMBUS3-0W0, -130W6.5 ovU
3/9/2019at COLUMBUS1-4L0, +125L6.5 ovU
3/10/2019BOSTON4-2W0, -120W6.5 unU
3/12/2019WASHINGTON5-3W0, -125W6.5 evO
3/14/2019at BUFFALO5-0W0, -170W6.5 unU
3/16/2019ST LOUIS1-5L0, -135L6 ovP
3/17/2019PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, -155L6.5 ovU
3/19/2019at CAROLINA2-3L0, +115L6.5 unU
3/21/2019at NASHVILLE 
3/23/2019at DALLAS 
3/25/2019at NY RANGERS 

NASHVILLE - Schedule
2/23/2019COLORADO0-5L0, -200L6.5 unU
2/25/2019EDMONTON3-2W0, -270W5.5 unU
2/26/2019at ST LOUIS0-2L0, +140L5.5 unU
3/1/2019at WINNIPEG3-5L0, -120L6 ovO
3/3/2019at MINNESOTA3-2W0, -140W5.5 unU
3/5/2019MINNESOTA5-4W0, -180W5.5 unO
3/9/2019CAROLINA3-5L0, -155L5.5 ovO
3/12/2019at ANAHEIM2-3L0, -150L5.5 unU
3/14/2019at LOS ANGELES3-1W0, -200W5.5 unU
3/16/2019at SAN JOSE4-2W0, +125W6.5 ovU
3/19/2019TORONTO3-0W0, -125W6.5 ovU
3/23/2019at WINNIPEG 
3/25/2019at MINNESOTA 
3/29/2019at PITTSBURGH 
PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
NASHVILLE: LAST SEASON: 53-18-11, 117 points. Won first Presidents' Trophy.
LOST Game 7 to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter Laviolette (fifth season, 17th NHL season).
ADDED: D Dan Hamhuis.
LOST: C Mike Fisher, F Scott Hartnell, D Alexei Emelin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Pekka Rinne. He turns 36 in November and is in the final year of his current contract coming off a season where he won the Vezina Trophy after being a finalist three other times. Rinne carried the Predators to their first Presidents' Trophy going 42-13-4 with eight shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He also earned his 300th career victory on Feb. 22.
OUTLOOK: The Predators' goal remains winning the Stanley Cup that has eluded them the past two seasons after a loss in the Stanley Cup Final followed by a Game 7 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference semifinals. They kept their core together with their biggest offseason moves signing defenseman Ryan Ellis, backup goalie Juuse Saros, forward Ryan Hartman to extensions. Nashville is expecting more growth from center Ryan Johansen, forwards Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Kevin Fiala and rookie Eeli Tolvanen to keep the Predators competitive in the deep Western Conference.
Penguins aim to halt three-game winless streak versus Predators

The Nashville Predators have eyes on the Central Division title, even as they step out of their conference Thursday to host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nashville (42-27-5, 89 points), which sits second in the Central, has won three straight games and is 5-2 since a loss March 1 to Winnipeg, the team the Predators are chasing for a division title.

"To be honest, I think guys are just starting to work harder as a team," Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "Everyone. All five guys on the ice. ... As you get into playoffs, everyone is going to have to do the little things, whether it be blocking shots, good stick lifts, taking hits to make plays. Whatever it is, everyone's got to do it. I think the last three games have been a good sign of that."

Most recently, the Predators topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 Tuesday behind Pekka Rinne's 22 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

"I think we're starting to jell," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who was acquired from Philadelphia in a Feb. 25 trade, one of several recent additions, along with Brian Boyle, Cody McLeod and Mikael Granlund.

"I think for us, we just needed to jell. I think we've had a little bit of time. We've had some practice time together. I think we're only going to continue to get better."

Simmonds notched his first goal since the trade Tuesday, in his ninth game with the Predators.

"I thought I was never going to score again," he said.

Rinne deflected credit for the win over the Maple Leafs.

"Really good defense," he said.

That's something Pittsburgh (39-24-11, 89 points) could use, particularly late in games.

In what began a disturbing trend for them, the Penguins allowed a late goal and then lost in overtime Feb. 23 in an outdoor Stadium Series game against Philadelphia.

Starting with that collapse, Pittsburgh has allowed six goals in the final three minutes of regulation. The most recent example came Tuesday, when the Carolina Hurricanes scored a tying goal with 1:56 left and then won 3-2 in a shootout.

"We'd like to think we can defend leads better," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "We have in the past and for a long time, and been very good at it. I know we're capable."

The loss Tuesday left the Penguins 0-1-2 in their past three game. They also gave up a late goal and lost in overtime Sunday, again against Philadelphia. That's four critical lost points in four days as they try to clinch a playoff spot and perhaps gain home ice for at least the first round of the playoffs.

They are two points behind the second-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division and two points ahead of the Hurricanes, who hold the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have played one fewer game than Pittsburgh and the Hurricanes have two games in hand.

There hasn't been one recurrent breakdown tying the late goals together.

"There's not a trend, I wouldn't say," Penguins goaltender Matt Murray said. "Each time there's been one little mistake. I have to make a save. That's pretty much what it comes down to."

There has been a trend in the situation, however. Seven times, second-most in the NHL, Pittsburgh has given up a goal with the opposing goaltender pulled for a sixth attacker.

"It's definitely something we need to work on, especially in these tight games," defenseman Jack Johnson said. "There's going to be goalies pulled in tight games like this down the stretch and throughout the playoffs. We need to improve on that."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/19/2019 7:55:12 AM EST

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