Penguins look to finish off Senators
The Pittsburgh Penguins can finish up their best-of-seven second-round NHL betting series on Friday night as they play host to the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the playoff set.
Pittsburgh took a 3-1 series lead on Wednesday night with a 7-3 road victory as a -133 favorite on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks. James Neal and Jarome Iginla each scored twice in that win for Pittsburgh, while Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves.
This season the Penguins are 36-12 overall while the Senators are 25-17-6. As for the totals, Pittsburgh is 23-24-1 on the OU, and Ottawa is 11-30-7.
The Penguins sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Senators sit at a No. 11 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.7% rate while the Senators have a 88% rate on the penalty kill.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 7-3 winner on the road against the Senators. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Senators at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Ottawa's last 19 games when playing Pittsburgh
Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Ottawa
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Ottawa
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Ottawa home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 26