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Senators Need To Shake Struggles In Pittsburgh For Game 1

The Ottawa Senators find themselves as underdogs once again when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sens have had a world of issues visiting the ‘Burgh with only one win in their past 10 games on the Penguins’ home ice. Only once this season did the Sens and Pens do battle at PPG Paints Arena with Pittsburgh ultimately winning an 8-5 offensive onslaught.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Penguins' last 8 games at home.
  • Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel all sit in the top five in playoff points.
  • The Senators are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games in the playoffs on the road.

The key to this series for the Senators is slowing down an explosive Penguins offense. Ottawa struggled with times dealing with the New York Rangers speed in their last series and despite emerging victorious, were actually outscored overall. The Senators will need to keep disciplined and stick to their 1-3-1 system to slow down a Penguins team, that leads the playoffs in gpg, through the neutral zone.

The Penguins have played the type of hockey that has made them contenders for the past several seasons. Namely, they play fast at both ends of the rink and get solid goaltending. Though the Pens have been the offensive powerhouse of the NHL playoffs, they have actually allowed 181 more shots than they have taken. This can be accounted to Pittsburgh usually having the lead or maybe the injuries on the backend but it hasn’t really bit the Penguins yet.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins were listed earlier today as -214 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

A 3.5-2.1 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins bring a 58-24-12 record to the battle against the 52-31-11 Senators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 53-36-5 so far and the Senators go 37-50-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Ottawa injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 and the Ottawa Senators at No. 18 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.44 goals per game, against a Senators defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.63 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 22.9% while the Senators defense kills off 81.12% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Senators were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +173 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh was a 2-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Capitals. They won as +151 underdogs, while the total score of 2 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Ottawa is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Ottawa is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • Ottawa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ottawa at Pittsburgh, Monday, May 15th

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