Penguins Senators Game 2 Preview
Oddsmakers cannot imagine Pittsburgh going down 0-2 to Ottawa, so the Penguins Senators odds are stacked heavily against the Sens in Game 2 of this series.
Ottawa Senators +235 at Pittsburgh Penguins -275 at SportsBetting.ag [ Ottawa leads best of seven series 1-0 ]
The Senators won Game 1 of the series in a minor upset and the Penguins really need to win this game, as if they do not they will be heading to Ottawa down 2-0. The best underdog line as of Friday morning was at SportsBetting.ag where bettors were getting +235 NHL playoff odds on Ottawa. In Game 1 of the series, the Senators beat the Penguins 5-4. Neither goalie played well and few expect another high-scoring game tonight as the UNDER 5.5 is the favored positions at most books such as Bovada.
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Pittsburgh G Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals for the fifth time in his 50 career playoff games and he will have to play better or the defending champion Penguins will be in big trouble. The Penguins gave up home ice with the Game 1 loss, but in an interesting trend the away team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.Ottawa only ranked 15th this season in scoring, but put up five goals in game one. Sidney Crosby, who led the league in goals and was second in points, did have two assists in Game 1, but he will have to score some goals in Game 2 and for the rest of the series. Ottawa G Brian Elliott only stopped 17 of 21 shots in game 1, but did win the game and made some key saves in the second period and kept the pressure on the Penguins the whole game. The Penguins did score first in Game 1, but then gave up three unanswered goals. They cannot come from behind in Game 2, as they have to come out firing and put the pressure on the visiting Senators. During the regular season the Senators only ranked 20th in the league in power play goal percentage, but were two of three with the man advantage in Game 1.
Overall the Pittsburgh defense has to play much better in this game, as the Senators are not a dynamic team, but Pittsburgh made them look that way in Game 1. The Penguins have to shore up on defense and not let the Senators take advantage when the Senators are a man up. The Senators had more takeaways and won 10 more face-offs in Game 1 and the Penguins have to make sure that does not happen again. Pittsburgh will likely not allow five goals again so the Ottawa defense has to step up in game two against a Penguins squad that is desperate and ranked fourth this season in goals per game.
In five of the last six road games for Ottawa, the total has gone Over and in the last four home games for Pittsburgh the total has gone Over.