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Game Preview: Pens-Preds (Game 5)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens try to defend their home turf against Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Predators

SERIES: Stanley Cup Final, 2-2

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: NBC

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Both teams have defended their home ice and the series is split at 2-2. The Pens hope to keep that trend going at home for Game 5 … When a series is tied at 2-2 in the NHL, the winner of Game 5 goes on to win the series 200 out of 254 times (7-0 this year) … Pittsburgh has 9 playoff wins this year, which ties a team record. They've also won 5 straight postseason contests at home … The Pens offense has produced just 2 goals in the past 2 games … Pittsburgh's power play is just 1 for 17 in the Final … Matt Murray will start in goal for the Pens … Nashville's offense has exploded for 9 goals in the past 2 games … Pekka Rinne has stopped 50 of 52 shots in the past 2 contests … Frederick Gaudreau has 3 goals in 4 games against the Pens and 2 game-winners … Pittsburgh injuries: Nick Bonino (lower-body), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) … Nashville injuries: Kevin Fiala (femur), Ryan Johansen (AC syndrome).

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