After losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals, The Predators faced a must-win Game 3 in front of their home crowd in Nashville. The Predators were up to the task and defeated the Penguins 5-1 to prevent a potential 3-0 deficit against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne was criticized heavily for his performances in the first two games of the series which resulted in speculation about a potential goalie change for Game 3. The Predators’ coach, Peter Laviolette, decided to stick with Rinne despite all the speculation and Rinne came through with a phenomenal performance. In Game 3, Rinne faced 28 shots and saved 27 of them which was a vast improvement to the first two games of the series. To put it into perspective, Rinne had an average save percentage of 77.8% in the first two games of the series and then had a save percentage of 96.4% in Game 3. Going forward, Rinne will have to build on his Game 3 success and continue to play extremely well if the Predators have any hope of dethroning the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Throughout the playoffs, the Predators have relied on offensive contributions for a variety of players due to a lack of superstars on the offensive end. Unlike the Penguins who have superstars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Predators have relied on a wide variety of goal scorers to reach the Stanley Cup. Game 3 was a perfect example as the Predators had five goals which were scored by five different players. Look for that trend to continue in Game 4 tonight.
A huge factor in the Predators’ Stanley Cup run has been their incredible home-ice advantage. In these playoffs, the Predators have won eight of their nine home playoff games with their one lose coming in overtime. Their fans produce one of the most electric atmospheres in all of sports and are known for their chants that mock opposing goaltenders. Whether the Predators win or lose Game 4, I can guarantee that the crowd will be as loud as any other crowd in the league.
NHL Finals Game 4 Viewing Details
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
How To Live Stream Penguins vs. Predators Game 4 Online
Your best bet for watching the Penguins battle the Senators via a live stream is NBC Sports Live Extra. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can live stream the NHL Playoffs online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you’ll receive a full seven days free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computer or mobile device for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet.
The service’s Orange package includes NBC and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within a week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.