NHL Betting Pick: Desperate Senators Push Game 6 Over the Total

Ottawa Senators

Dana Lane

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 23, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Ottawa is 0-5 when trailing a best of seven series 3-2 but NHL analyst Dana Lane explains why it’s the ‘total’ where were going to find out money tonight.

Final Regular Season NHL Selection Record: 87-73 .544 +16.95 units

Postseason Record: 16-15 .516 +4.36 units

Overall: 103-88 .539 +21.31 units


Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher stated that his team needs to get back to their 1-3-1 neutral zone trap game, a system that has brought them this far. Boucher said that his team tried to “run and gun” with the best offensive team in the league after falling behind early. I guess the question is, why would they change their style? The answer is they got behind early and panicked. I anticipate the same in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The number is creeping over -150 for the Penguins so we’re going to focus on the ‘total’ because as we saw in the Western Conference Final things can get out of hand late in the game.

Aside from a couple games this series where the Penguins offense was invisible, Pittsburgh is starting to resemble the team who led the league in scoring and shots during the regular season. Sidney Crosby scored in the last three games after being held in check the first two while Evgeni Malkin keeps rolling along with 23 points in 17 games. If the Penguins win the Cup I’m still with Geno as the Conn Smythe winner.

The forgotten man in all this is Malkin’s line-mate Phil Kessel who has 18 points in 17 games. Three of the top 10 points per game producers in the postseason are from the Steel City. The Penguins flexed their muscles in game five as seven different Pens scored in their 7-0 win at home.

You have to ask yourself, just where is Craig Anderson’s head right now after being pulled in game five after allowing four goals on just 14 shots? It’s been such an emotional year for him; one has to wonder if his tank is empty.

The game goes over the ‘total’ in two ways; one, the Penguins have their way again cashing our ticket or the most likely scenario where the Sens hang around but give up a few late goals. Either way we’re cashing another winner with the ‘over’.

Keep checking SBR's NHL Odds page for the best available number on tonight’s play.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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