Predators favoured in Game 6 with season on the line

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The Nashville Predators will try to force a seventh and deciding game in this year’s Stanley Cup Final with a fourth straight victory on home ice when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Sunday as -140 betting favourites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Nashville returns home following a demoralizing 6-0 loss in Game 5 as a +148 road underdog, and faces a 3-2 series deficit going into Sunday night’s Penguins vs. Predators betting matchup at Bridgestone Arena.

With the loss on Thursday night, the Predators have tumbled down the Stanley Cup series prices, where they trail as distant +310 underdogs to bounce back and claim the first championship in franchise history.

However, Nashville has been a dominant team on home ice throughout this year’s post-season, going 9-1 in 10 contests at Bridgestone Arena, and outscored the Penguins by a wide 9-2 margin in victories as home chalk in Games 3 and 4 of this series.

The success of home teams in this series also favours the Predators ahead of Game 6. The home team is unbeaten through the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final, outscoring visitors by a 24-6 margin. The Predators are also unbeaten in four straight home dates immediately following a loss on the road.

Following Thursday’s 6-0 blowout victory as -164 home chalk, the Penguins return to Nashville as +120 underdogs on the Game 6 odds, but have rocketed to lofty -370 favourites on the series prices to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Pittsburgh finds itself just one win away from raising the Cup despite its failure to outshoot the Predators in any of the first five games of the series. The Penguins have also struggled to produce offence in recent visits to Music City, tallying just a single goal in each of three straight losses this season, and have been outscored by a margin of 15-5 over their past four.

The defending champions are winless in two Game 6 contests during these playoffs, failing to close out their sets against both the Washington Capitals and the Ottawa Senators while holding 3-2 series leads.

Pittsburgh rose to the occasion in Game 6 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final, tallying a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks as -109 road chalk to close out the series and claim its second championship since 2009. However, the Penguins are winless in their past four games on the road immediately following a win on home ice.

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