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2017 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals
NHL Series Odds: Pittsburgh – 280 | Senators +240
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Pittsburgh +150, Ottawa +575
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We have reached the conference finals in the National Hockey League playoffs, and I will do a preview in this post of the Eastern Conference showdown.
The Eastern Conference match up features the Ottawa Senators and the number two seed Pittsburgh Penguins.
The two teams faced off three times with the Senators winning two of the match ups. The game the Penguins did win they won big by a final of 8-5. The Penguins come into this series huge favorites which should come as no surprise. They are currently -280, while the Senators are +240.
The Senators only needed six games in their last series, while the Penguins needed seven, so the Senators do come into this game with one more day of rest.
With the Oilers losing their game seven to the Anaheim Ducks the Ottawa Senators are the last hope for Canadian fans who want their country to win Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Whoever wins this series I would expect to be favored in the finals, but they have a really tough match up sitting in front of them in the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Ottawa Senators have probably had the easiest road here of any of the teams left in the playoffs. In the first round they took care of the Boston Bruins, and in the last round they beat the New York Rangers in six games.
They won the first two games of the series, then lost the next two, before winning the final two.
The x-factor for the Senators in this round is Craig Anderson in goal. In the games they have struggled in this post season he has made a lot of mistakes and given up some very preventable goals.
The Penguins can put a ton of goals in a hurry, so he needs to be really good in goal if they want to have any chance. If he even takes a minute off the Penguins are too good and will make him pay.
The Senators also need to use their defense to create offense. They really need to drop guys in this series and try to slow down the big horses that the Pittsburgh Penguins bring into this series.
The Pittsburgh Penguins once again feel like they have the pieces to win the Stanley Cup again and after their last series win over the Washington Capitals, they come into this series bursting with confidence.
They beat the Capitals without Sidney Crosby, their best player fully healthy,
The Penguins strength is on the offensive end of the ice.
They average 3.4 goals per game which is the best in the NHL, and that’s no surprise seeing how many weapons they have in that zone.
The Penguins are led by Sidney Crosby. He has 44 goals and 45 assists this season and is going to need a big series for the Penguins to advance to the second round.
In the defensive zone is where the Penguins struggle. They give up 2.8 goals per game which is 17th in the NHL. One of the reasons for their struggles is they allow 32.6 shots on goal.
They have been saved a lot by goal tending this season.
To win this series they need to attack, attack, attack. They are the better team by far in this series so if they just play their game they should come out of this series victorious.
Free Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Series Prediction:
The Pittsburgh Penguins are huge favorites in this series and I think Vegas once again got it right. I think they just have too many options on the offensive end and it won’t matter how they play on the defensive end because they will be putting up a ton of goals.
4* Free NHL Series Betting Pick: Penguins -280
I think the Penguins will win this series easy. I really think they will win it in five games with the Senators winning one game at home. At a max this series will go six games.
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