Penguins at Senators 5/19/17 - NHL Playoff Picks & Predictions
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL: 8:00 PM EST
May. 19, 2017
Latest Odds : PIT -111 Total 5.5
On Friday night, Ottawa Senators will play their fourth game against Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.
Previously, the Senators won the first game in Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime, then lost the second game 1-0 but managed to won the third game overall and first game on the home ice 5-1. The series, therefore, stands 2-1 for Ottawa.
It is truth to say that the Penguins were sloppy at the beginning and they were losing 1-0 just after 48 seconds after Mike Hoffman scored the first gaol in the game. Later in the first Marc Methot added second, Derrick Brassard third and Zack Smith fourth goal. The Senators led 4-0 after 13 minutes which forced goalie Marc-Andre Fleury leave the goal. Matt Murray was given the chance to play in his first game in the post season.
Later in the second, Kyle Turris scored the fifth goal and the Penguins only managed to score once from powerplay. Captain Sidney Crosby was the lucky goal scorer. It is important to mention that Methot , Brassard and Hoffman (all Ottawa) apart from their goals each collected one assist in this game.
It is fair to say that the Senators outplayed the Penguins 29 to 26 in shots, 34 to 29 in hits and 37 to 20 in face offs.
Recent Betting Trends:
Under is 6-2 in Penguins last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 3-0-1 in Senators last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games.
Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -111
To summarize, Ottawa will hope for the same productivity and better powerplays. The team had seven opportunities but remained scoreless. The same counts for the Penguins, who really need to produce more in offense and be more focused and sharp from the start of the game. What’s more, the team will have to fill holes for injured Letang, Hornqvist, Rust and Schultz. Final game prediction, the Penguins will win 3-1 against the Senators.