Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game 7 Predictions

Ottawa Senators players gathered around

Thursday, May 25, 2017 3:53 PM GMT

Senators tight defensive game forces a game seven but NHL analyst Dana Lane says tonight’s game will fly over the ‘total’ as the Penguins star power flexes their muscles.

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins  

Experience is what I look for when handicapping a game seven. The Pittsburgh Penguins own that advantage by quite a wide margin. The problem is I can’t lay -195 to -200 to back the Penguins so it’s back to the ‘total’ for us tonight. 

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The Penguins most likely will have two key pieces back in their line-up with the possible return of Justin Schultz and Patric Hornqvist. Each player has an upper body injury but Mike Sullivan says “it’s reasonable” to expect each to return.

Getting Shultz back would be a major shot in the arm. The Defensemen had a career year posting a career high 51pts in 78 games regular season games, adding another eight points in 14 postseason contests.

Although it didn’t show up in the goals column, Pittsburgh owned the majority of zone time in game 6 but was unable to generate the same quality of shots that we saw in their 7-0 game 5 victory. I wouldn’t say that there were many high-quality shots from the low slot as there was in game 5. 45 shots look impressive but only a handful forced Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to make saves that you wouldn’t expect him to make. There were too many shots that went right into Anderson’s Senators logo or didn’t hit the net at all.

Then we have the desperation factor at the end of the game as we saw with the Ducks, Predators finish when Nashville scored two empty net goals. In a game of this magnitude, we must anticipate some empty net goals to push this game ‘over’.