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.
NHL Eastern Conference Finals Betting Trends
|Pittsburgh is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games|
|Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games|
|Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games on the road|
|Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa|
|Pittsburgh is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing Ottawa|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Ottawa|
|Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa|
|Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Ottawa is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games|
|Ottawa is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home|
|Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Ottawa’s last 19 games at home|
|Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|Ottawa is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh|
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