Senators vs Penguins - NHL Eastern Conference Game 2 Pick

Dana Lane

Monday, May 15, 2017 5:21 PM UTC

Monday, May. 15, 2017 5:21 PM UTC

The Pittsburgh penguins are trying to regain their old form against a stingy trapping team. NHL analyst Dana Lane offers his opinion on how that will effect tonight’s ‘total’.

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

Postseason Record:  13-13   .500   +3.81   units

Overall:    100-86   .538     +20.76 units

Big win for our readers last night when the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators easily went over the ‘total’. That’s our 100th win of the season and pushes our units won back over the 20 unit mark.

While the Ottawa Senators were enjoying all that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer, the Penguins were holding a full team practice with an emphasis on the power play and transition through the neutral zone.  A little surprising considering the Penguins had plenty of chances to take game one and spend a lot of time in the Senators end of the ice.  They seemed unfazed by the Senators ‘trap’ but still champions don’t hoist the Stanley Cup by not addressing areas they feel they’re having a problem with which includes their special teams play and recognition of a scoring chance. 

I expect the Penguins should be more focused on getting pucks to the net while being less worried about the pretty pass. For a team that averaged 33.5 (1st) shots per game the postseason has been a different story (27.7/14th). It's fair to say that Pittsburgh is in a slump, dropping four of their last six games. Pittsburgh has only 12 goals in their last six games while averaging just 24 shots per game over their last seven.

The Senators appear to be very comfortable where they are as they also will forgo today’s morning skate.

There could be a couple additions to the Senators line-up as Viktor Stalberg could make an appearance in game two and Mark Borowiecki, who hasn’t played since round one against Boston, could get back sooner than later for Ottawa.

I think Pittsburgh will be better but the pressure is on for them to win game two.  I need to see them get back to the high-pressure offense they have displayed all season before I bet anything other than the ‘under’.

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


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