Date/Time: May 14th, 7:30 PM ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Penguins -200
The second round of the NHL playoffs are about to begin, and here at Bang the Book, we are analyzing the NHL betting odds for the first game of the series between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It’s amazing to think that the Senators are the only team left in Canada in these playoffs. They were easily one of the most impressive teams in the opening round of the playoffs, beating up the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Included in that mix were three straight wins that came by a combined margin of 15-4 to close out the series. It was a great series for some of the stars and some of the lesser known names for the team RW Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals and had four assists to lead the team with six points, while D Erik Karlsson had a goal and five helpers. C Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first three goals in his postseason career in Game 3, and he ended up with five points for the series. Karlsson is going to have his eyes wide open in this series, as he ended up tearing his Achilles at the start of the season thanks to a hit against the Penguins, and now that he is back on the ice, this is going to be his chance at vengeance.
Pittsburgh remains the favorite to win the Stanley Cup at the moment, and we really don’t see that changing any time in the near future. The team is the best in hockey for sure, though it does have some major problems at the back. G Marc-Andre Fleury was benched after allowing six goals in Game 4, and he hasn’t gotten his job back as of yet. G Tomas Vokoun has come in and allowed just three goals in two games, including posting a shutout in Game 5, his first postseason start as a member of the Penguins. No formal announcement has been made as to whether it will be Fleury or Vokoun in the pipes in this game, but most are making the assumption that it will be Vokoun who starts. The offensive numbers that the Penguins put up in their series win against the New York Islanders were absurd. C Evgeni Malkin had two goals and nine assists in just six games, while C Sidney Crosby, after missing Game 1, came back and scored three goals with six helpers. Six players finished with at least five points in the six games.
Many are assuming that the Penguins are going to get off to a hot start in this series, but we just don’t know about that. Ottawa is a good team, and it proved it against Montreal in the opening round. Don’t be surprised if the opening salvo is fired by the Senators to flip home ice advantage immediately.
Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins Pick: Ottawa Senators +180
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