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Game Four of NHL Eastern Conference Finals in Ottawa

NHL Eastern Conference Finals

Senators a Surprise in NHL Eastern Conference

Coming into the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs hockey fans expected to see the Pittsburgh Penguins, make a deep run again this spring. What they didn’t expect was that the Pens would be facing an eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators team. Especially in the Eastern Conference Finals. Now Ottawa is the only Canadian team remaining in the playoffs. The Senators have an entire country rooting for them to make their first Cup appearance since 2006-07. They lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. The Sens seem to have captured the kind of magic necessary to be successful in the playoffs. They have won seven games in overtime through the first three rounds. Two games in double overtime.

Oddsmakers have the Pens as 120-moneyline favorites and the total is at 5.

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The Penguins have been impressive thus far despite a plethora of injuries to key players. They defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games and beat the league’s top team, the Washington Capitals, in seven games. However, the offensively-gifted Pens have had difficulties scoring against a defensively-minded Ottawa team, managing to post only two goals in the first two games at home. Pittsburgh will need more out of their star-studded lineup on the road if they hope to crack the defensive wall that Ottawa has created around goaltender Craig Anderson. Game time is 8 PM ET.

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