The second round of the NHL postseason begins tonight, as teams continue to pursue their goal to capture the Stanley Cup.
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In this featured write-up, we take a look at the Senators/Penguins series, which offers a great defense challenging an even better offense.
Let’s breakdown each team and their NHL odds to win this series so we can determine if it is Ottawa or Pittsburgh that holds more value on the NHL betting board.
Ottawa Senators (+240)
After splitting the first two games in the first round, the Senators ousted Montreal in five by winning the final three games of the Conference Quarterfinals in what turned out to be a tough, hard-fought and physical series.
For Ottawa to have a chance of winning this series they must do what they do best – negate the area in Pittsburgh’s zone and continue to play solid defense, which is rated 2nd best in the NHL this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-280)
The Penguins were handed a tougher test than expected in the first round when the New York Islanders came to play. Pittsburgh found themselves in a 2-2 series tie after four games, but prevailed by winning games five and six to advance on to the second round.
Pittsburgh is a team known for its high-octane offense, which was best in the NHL this season, but going up against a stingy defense like the Senators might force the Penguins to rely on other areas to get the job done in this series.
Head To Head
The Penguins went 3-0 against the Senators during the regular season and are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings, including 4-1 in the last five played in Pittsburgh.
The Senators beat the Penguins in five games in the first round of the postseason during the 2007 NHL campaign.
However, Pittsburgh returned the favor the following season in 2008 by eliminating Ottawa in four games to earn the series sweep in the opening round.
The two teams squared off once more during the 2010 postseason, with the Penguins defeating the Senators yet again, this time in six games.
Pittsburgh is the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, but they are in for a tough series that might extend to seven games, with the Senators possibly giving them more than they can handle.
That said, I like Ottawa’s chances to upset Pittsburgh; and at +240 underdogs they definitely hold more value for our NHL picks than the chalk that must be laid by backing the Penguins.
NHL Free Series Pick:Ottawa +240 to win in six games.