Nashville Predators are confident at home for Game 6

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban talks to the media

Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination.

Sidney Crosby's teammates keep saying nothing ever changes with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Predators as -150 home favorites for Game 6, but they've been bet down slightly to the current number of Predators -140. The Penguins host the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals on Thursday.

"We partnered with P.K.to post a tweet showing fans a behind-the-scenes look at his game prep from Pittsburgh", Page said. "We know we're going to face a desperate team".

So do the Predators, who can't get back to Smashville fast enough. Rinne gave way to Juuse Saros at the start of the second period after stopping just six of nine shots, continuing his wildly uneven play. "I saw my guy get his head cross-checked into the ice 10 times", Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said of the referee's decision. Since he comes to the games in extravagant suits and plays every game passionately, he's often been labeled as a "cocky" player and as one of the league's best defensemen that have made questionable plays in the past, he's labeled as a "dirty" player.

The vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 tonight 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 message the first-timers are a threat to become first-time winners.

Gulf crisis rumbles on, Qatar diplomat defiant
One such demand was to shut down Al Jazeera , which has been perceived as the foreign policy instrument of the Qatari Emir. That is even after Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah flew to Qatar to discuss the crisis with officials.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after the first period in Game 5. He's stopped just 34 of 45 in Pittsburgh during the series. Sidney Crosby, who was particularly strong early in the game, had three assists.

When the Penguins talk about "playing fast", this is what they mean.

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey scored for the Penguins. It was Crosby who sent the message - with his vision, his creativity and, oddly, his fists. "Still a lot of work to be done", said Crosby, whose extracurricular activities included accidentally hurling a water bottle onto the ice and repeatedly pressing P.K. Subban's head into it while they tussled behind the Nashville net. He's also has been questioned to be a dirty player before in his career, but almost not as much as Subban. After a short skirmish behind the net, Subban wound up prone near the end boards and Crosby pushed his helmet into the ice several times.

"You can see his drive and his appetite to win", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of Crosby. "(On Thursday), I'll try to show my best game. I was trying to get out of there. I was in some kind of lock there.

Crosby's brilliance on the play gave a sense that there was more to come. The Stanley Cup Final got oddly sidetracked by Subban saying that Crosby accused him of having bad breath. Crosby set up Sheary-playing on his 25th birthday-in the low slot for a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead at 1:19 on the first shot by either team in the period.

And while Pittsburgh came in third overall (behind Boston in second and Detroit), the Penguin fans were ranked first in their engagement based on the team's number of Twitter followers and Facebook "likes" per capita. Arvidsson broke a 15-game drought with his third goal of the playoffs in the Preds' Game 4 win and rides a three-game point streak into Thursday's Game 5 against the defending champs.

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