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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators Western Conference Finals Game Six Predictions

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators Western Conference Finals Game Six Predictions

What: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

  • When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where:  Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • Moneyline: Penguins -140 vs Senators +127
  • Over/Under: 5

Betting on the Penguins

It wasn’t pretty, in fact, it was downright nasty what the Pens did to the Senators in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh shoved seven goals down Ottawa’s throat by ways of seven different Penguins players. And in doing so, Pittsburgh has finally seized the series lead.

Led by team captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins seem to have found their flow. Crosby himself found the back of the net for the third time in a row while assisting in yet another goal.

On defense, Marc-Andre Fleury sat out once more in favor of goalie Matt Murray, who had his second career shutout of the postseason, stopping 25 faced shots. Expect Murray to take front and center for Game 6.

However, the Penguins should not take the pedal off the metal and close out the series in Ottawa. Extending the series to a due-or-die seventh game does not favor Pittsburgh so they should pull out all the stops at the Canadian Tire Centre. 

Betting on the Senators

The Senators are skating on thin ice and it’s cracking beneath their feet. What would be the Senators first Stanley Cup appearance is in jeopardy if they cannot get it together.

Ottawa has gone dry and not managed to score one goal in the last 29 power play opportunities while allowing five power plays goals on 15 tries of this series.

Goalie Craig Anderson has been unable to stop goals, giving up seven goals on 49 shots in the past two games after stopping 80 of 83  shots from Games 1 through 3. But it’s not only Anderson who’s wobbly on defense; defenseman Erik Karlsson struggled in Game 5 and was pulled out at the end of the second period presumably because of an ailing leg injury suffered at the beginning of the playoffs.

Regardless, the Senators still have a fair shot at winning. Even if it’s an uphill battle, Ottawa can force a deciding Game 7 that historically would favor them to win.

Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Ottawa is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games at home
  • Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Pick and Prediction: Though it’s a long shot, I believe the Senators claim the win and extend the series to a seventh game. Senators win 3-1.