Predators favoured in Game 6 with season on the line

Penguins Sidney Crosby banged PK Subban's head on the ice multiple times during a scrum behind the net late in the first period. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all put up at least two points each in that game.

But what the Predators do have is a roster full of players who are capable of collectively stepping up and taking a game over.

Game 6 provides the Nashville Predators with a chance to extend the series on their home ice, but that could be a challenge after the beatdown the Pittsburgh Penguins provided the previous night.

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.

"Still a lot of work to be done, but the way we played (Thursday) night, if we can build off that momentum that's important, but we know we're going to face a desperate team", he said. The exchange ended with both players heading to the dressing room with minor penalties. Pittsburgh then scored on the ensuing power play, with Schultz one-timing a pass from Crosby that seemed to redirect off a Nashville player's stick on its way in.

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It feels like it's getting personal between the two stars in this year's Stanley Cup Finals. He just has the ability to make plays around him better. Nashville obviously struggles when Rinne does not play well, and the Predators will not survive much longer if they go down 3-0 again like they did in the first periods of Games 1 and 5. Kessel ended a six-game goal drought 8:02 into the second.

Crosby, on the game's first shift, carried the puck over the blue line and bulled his way through strong Nashville defensive pair Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis. While Pittsburgh created really good scoring chances in the first two periods of Game 4, it was still outshot in each of the first four games, sometimes by a lot in terms of total shots.

Use that crowd: By now, the hometown crowd at Bridgestone has taken on a mythical aura. He allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. 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.

Penguins center Nick Bonino is not on the ice for warmups prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators and is and out again.

On the flip side, Rinne has been sensational at home, which was evidenced by his two goals allowed on 52 shots in Games 3 and 4.

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There's no shortage of confidence for Penguins goalies Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury, but they've split the duties nearly evenly so far in the playoffs. It's the third consecutive game he has missed with a left foot or ankle injury.

Crosby also showed ferocity in the opening period when he got tangled up with Nashville's P.K. Subban during a scrum.

Colin Wilson is expected to play for the Predators after missing the first three games of the series.

And then there was Matt Murray. I don't think that necessarily they were bad goals.

Wilson took part in the team's morning skate at PPG Paints Arena and came off before P.A. Parenteau, who said he would not play.

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