The Penguins are hoping to bounce back after losing to the Predators in Nashville on Saturday night. Here are a few notes to read up on before the puck drops tonight:
Game 4 Trends
* The Predators have posted the top home record in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (8-1, .889),
while the Penguins are 5-5 (.500) away from home.
* The Predators and Penguins boast a combined 17-4 record on home ice during the postseason
(NSH: 8-1; PIT: 9-3), a winning percentage of .810. The other 14 playoff clubs collectively went
28-35 at home (.444).
* Including this year, home teams are 36-16 (.692) in the Stanley Cup Final dating to 2009.
* The Predators are 2-1 in Game 4s during the playoffs, all at Bridgestone Arena. The Penguins
are 2-1 (1-1 on the road).
* There will not be a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final for a record 18th consecutive series (since
1998 DET: 4-0 W vs. WSH). The longest prior such streak (since the Stanley Cup Final went to
the best-of-seven format in 1939) was seven straight series, from 1953-59 and 1961-67.
* Penguins goaltender Matt Murray’s career playoff record following a loss is 7-0 with a 1.59
goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
* Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is 8-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .949 save
percentage at Bridgestone Arena in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The Penguins boast the top four point-producers in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Evgeni
Malkin (1st; 9-17— 26), Sidney Crosby (2nd; 7-16—23), Jake Guentzel (3rd; 13-7— 20) and
Phil Kessel (4th; 7-13—20). Malkin and Crosby each have reached the 20-point milestone in a
single playoff year for the third time. Only one other player has achieved that feat with the
Penguins: Mario Lemieux (3x).
* Malkin registered multiple points four times in Pittsburgh’s five-game series win over
Columbus in the First Round and led the NHL in scoring with 2-9—11. Malkin became just the
second Penguins player to record at least 11 points in a series of five games or fewer, joining
Lemieux (1991 F vs. Minnesota: 5-7—12 in 5 GP).
* Crosby scored a League-high 44 goals in 2016-17 to capture his second career Maurice
“Rocket” Richard Trophy. Playing in his 757th career game on Feb. 16, Crosby (382-645—1,027)
capped a three-point performance with an overtime goal to become the 12th-fastest player in
NHL history to record 1,000 points. He also became the third player to reach the milestone with
the Penguins, joining Lemieux (1,723) and Jaromir Jagr (1,079).
* Crosby collected one assist in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, increasing his career playoff
totals to 56-104—160 in 145 GP. The Penguins captain moved into a tie for 20th place on the
NHL’s all-time playoff points list with Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe, Al MacInnis and Bobby Smith.
* Penguins forward Jake Guentzel opened the scoring in Game 3 with his League-leading 13th
goal of the postseason (22 GP). Guentzel’s 13 playoff goals are one shy of the single-year NHL
rookie record, established by Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14 in 19 GP).
* Guentzel’s 20 postseason points (13-7—20) also are one shy of the single-year NHL rookie
mark, set by Ciccarelli in 1981 (14-7—21 in 19 GP) and equaled by Philadelphia’s Ville Leino in
2010 (7-14—21 in 19 GP). The Omaha, Neb., native also has set records for goals and points by
a U.S.-born rookie in one playoff year, surpassing the marks shared by Chicago’s Jeremy
Roenick (11-7—18 in 20 GP in 1990) and St. Louis’ Joe Mullen (7-11—18 in 10 GP in 1982).
* Guentzel, who has scored in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final (4-0—4), is
the second rookie to accomplish that feat since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in
1926-27. The other: Ciccarelli in 1981 vs. the NY Islanders (3-2—5). Guentzel also is the first
player, rookie or veteran, to score in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final since
1997, when Detroit’s Steve Yzerman did so vs. Philadelphia (3-0—3).
* Guentzel’s four total goals in the series are one shy of the NHL rookie record in the Stanley Cup
Final, established by Boston’s Roy Conacher in 1939 vs. Toronto (5 GP) and matched by
Boston’s Brad Marchand in 2011 vs. Vancouver (7 GP).
* Guentzel, who tallied the decisive goals in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, has set
the NHL rookie record for game-winning goals in a single playoff year (five). Montreal’s Claude
Lemieux and Colorado’s Chris Drury previously shared the record, with four each in 1986 and
1999, respectively. Guentzel became the first rookie to collect consecutive game-winners in the
Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took sole possession of the trophy in 1926-27 – and the first
to do so in 78 years. The other: Roy Conacher, who potted the winner for the Bruins in Games
3, 4 and 5 in 1939 vs. Toronto.
* Goaltender Matt Murray’s win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final improved his playoff record
to 20-7 in 28 career playoff appearances. Only two goaltenders in NHL history required fewer
games to reach 20 career postseason wins: Montreal’s Bill Durnan (26 GP, 1944-47) and
Patrick Roy (27 GP, 1986-88).
* Forward Filip Forsberg paces the Predators with 8-7—15 this postseason, franchise records
for goals and points in a single playoff year. His 14 career postseason goals are tied for the club
record (with James Neal), while his 25 career playoff points are three shy of the team mark –
shared by David Legwand and Shea Weber.
* Three Predators registered multiple points in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, including
defensemen Roman Josi (1-2—3) and Mattias Ekholm (1-1—2). Nashville blueliners have
combined for 14-36—50 during the playoffs (19 GP), tops in the NHL.
* Josi, who factored on all three Nashville goals in the middle frame of Game 3, registered his sixth
tally of the playoffs, most among defensemen. Josi became the first blueliner to post three points in
one period of a Stanley Cup Final game since Pittsburgh’s Larry Murphy on May 23, 1991 vs. the
Minnesota North Stars (0-3—3 in 1st period). Josi is one of just five NHL defensemen who has
recorded at least 40 points in each of the past four regular seasons. The others: Brent Burns
(SJS), Dustin Byfuglien (WPG), Erik Karlsson (OTT) and Duncan Keith (CHI).
* Ekholm (1-9—10) became the fourth Predators defenseman to reach double-digits in scoring this
postseason, joining Josi (6-8—14), Ryan Ellis (5-7—12) and P.K. Subban (2-9—11). Only two
other teams in NHL history have had four blueliners each record at least 10 points in the same
playoff year: the 1984 Edmonton Oilers and 1993 Los Angeles Kings.
* Ellis ranks third among defensemen in points this postseason. Nine of his 12 points were collected
during a seven-game streak from Apr. 15 to May 2 (4-5—9), a franchise playoff record for a
blueliner as well as the longest postseason point streak by a defenseman since 1998 (Chris
Pronger, STL; Jason Woolley, BUF).
* Forward Colton Sissons has 12 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (6-6—12 in 19 GP), two more
than his total from the regular season (8-2—10 in 58 GP).
* Forward Viktor Arvidsson was a breakout performer in his second full NHL season. The 24-
year-old led the Predators in scoring with 31-30—61 in 80 games, nearly quadrupling his output
from 2015-16 (8-8—16 in 56 GP). Arvidsson also set a single-season franchise record with five
* Pekka Rinne leads all goaltenders in playoff wins (13) and goals-against average (1.93),
shares the top spot in shutouts (2) and ranks second in save percentage (.931).
* The Predators, who ranked 16th in NHL’s regular-season standings and qualified for the
postseason as the second Wild Card team in the Western Conference (41-29-12, 94 points), are
the third club seeded lowest in its conference to advance to the Stanley Cup Final since the
League adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994. The others: the 2006 Oilers (4-3 L
vs. Carolina) and 2012 Kings (4-2 W vs. New Jersey).
* Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reached the Final
with the Flyers in 2010, is the fourth head coach in NHL history to lead three different franchises
to the Stanley Cup Final. The others: Dick Irvin (CHI, TOR, MTL), Scotty Bowman (STL, MTL,
PIT, DET) and Mike Keenan (PHI, CHI, NYR).
* Nineteen different players have scored at least one goal for Nashville this postseason
(following firsts by Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith in Game 3). According to the Elias Sports
Bureau, that total is two shy of the NHL record, set by the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers (21).
* Eleven different players have accounted for the Predators’ 13 game-winning goals this
postseason, following a first by Frederick Gaudreau in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Only
James Neal and Colton Sissons – each with two – have contributed multiple tallies