Penguins, Predators each look to seize momentum in Game 5

The Nashville Predators celebrate after their 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Nashville Tenn

If the Penguins win this game, they'll have the chance to finish off the series on the road in Nashville on Sunday night.

Counting the regular season and playoffs, the Penguins have connected on 25.3 of their power plays at home this year, compared to 19.5 percent on the road.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans Arianna Burns, left, Kaeli Stolar right, and Alex Hersh, rear, cheer for the team outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Both teams spoke of confidence Wednesday entering what has boiled down to a best-of-three series.

"I think our fan base is one of the big reasons why they're so supportive of our group".

"It's a good situation for us". We're 2-2. It's even.

If Crosby brought his "A" game, Pekka Rinne once again brought his road game.

It's Saros' second appearance of the series after coming in late in Game 2.

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to keep being opportunistic - against probably the best defense and goalie combo they have seen in the playoffs - in order to repeat as the Stanley Cup champion.

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"We know we have to be a lot better than that", Fisher said. We have good lines and young guys who are flying. I think we've got to play determined. "We all know it". Pittsburgh put together scoring bursts in both of its previous home games in the Stanley Cup Final. If it goes to a Game 7, however, the Predators might have a more hard decision on their hands.

Home ice has been critical so far. A couple lapses, one in each game, making all the difference for a star-studded Penguins team that's as opportunistic as anyone in the league.

The vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 on Thursday night figures to be more anxious than anticipatory after the Predators evened the series at 2-2 with a pair of vintage performances on home ice that sent "Smashville" into a frenzy and delivered a very clear message that the first-timers are a clear threat to become first-time winners. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan has called him a game-time decision since.

"If you've got a team that has momentum and a team that's got desperation, for me anyway, the scarier team is the one that's got desperation", Laviolette said. "It always has a connotation of hopelessness".

"I think when he's going he plays with that fiery edge a little bit", Wilson said. I think we've got to play determined. I want to play because it is so much fun. But Pittsburgh might be willing to give the trio a chance to try things again. Nashville Predators' Viktor Arvidsson (38) and Pittsburgh Penguins' Carl Hagelin (62) trade punches during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. What began as a two-month slog to the Cup is now a three-game dash, one that appears to be a coin flip.

Stanley is the symbol of how coach Peter Laviolette wanted his Predators to play this season. Four of the prior 12 clubs went on to win the Cup: the 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Penguins and 2011 Boston Bruins.

The Nashville Predators' top two defensive pairings are among the best in the National Hockey League. "It's going to be a battle going in there and we need to steal one in their arena". Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville.

It wasn't the worst blowout of this postseason, though; there were two 7-0 routs, including a Pittsburgh win over Ottawa in the Eastern Conference final.

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