The Nashville Predators were once again lost away from home in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. They not only lost, but they got obliterated 6-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The big 3 of Pittsburgh, being Sidney Crosby (three assists), Phil Kessel (one goal, two assists), and Evgeni Malkin (one goal, one assist) combined for eight points. Every single Pittsburgh forward had at least one shot on net, except for two (Matt Cullen, Carl Hagelin).

Inability to lock down the Penguins three superstars is not what lost Nashville this game. This game was lost after the first period, when the score was 3-0. Nashville consistently gave Pittsburgh several opportunities, as the Penguins actually had the same amount of shots in a game against the Predators, and Nashville also gave them six power plays (one power play goal). Regardless of how many times they scored, each penalty results in a two minute power play featuring Crosby, Kessel, Malkin, and rookie Jake Guentzel, which is deadly to say the least. This is also two minutes where Nashville continuously has to shoot the puck down the ice, wasting valuable time for scoring opportunities.

Pekka Rinne was pulled in Pittsburgh for the second time this series. It is a little bit alarming to see the difference of Rinne at home, and away. Rinne has a save percentage of .959 at home (Bridgestone Arena) and a .756 in Pittsburgh (PPG Paints Arena). The Predators overall are 9-1 at home, and now have an away record of 5-6. Regardless, if this is how Rinne plays at home, there is no question he should start Game 6.

Game 6 will be in Nashville where the Predators have been lethal, but Pittsburgh is also 4-0 all-time in Stanley Cup clinching road games. Game 6 will be at 8:00 PM ET, where the Nashville Predators look to push the series to Game 7.


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