Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 NHL Odds & Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 12, 2017 in

The Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins square off in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The Senators eliminated the New York Rangers in six games in their conference semifinal, while the Penguins took down the Washington Capitals in a seven-game slugfest.

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 NHL Odds & TV Info

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
TV: NBC
Radio: 1200 AM Ottawa / 105.9 FM The X Pittsburgh
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -1½+145

 

Why should you bet on the Senators?

The Penguins are basically skating with medical tape holding them together. Sidney Crosby only missed one game after taking a concussion in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Defenseman Trevor Daley (lower-body injury) is day-to-day; Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) is only playing at about 60%, and Kris Letang (neck surgery) remains out. The Senators play a 1-3-1 trap scheme that managed to foil a high-powered Rangers offense and take advantage of their mistakes, turning odd-man rushes into scores. With Craig Anderson standing tall in Game 6, stopping 37 of 39 New York shots, he looks ready for the next series. Can they slow down the Penguins, though?

Senators vs Penguins Game 1

Why should you put your money on the Penguins?

The Penguins aren’t the only team with some key injuries. Top defense man Erik Karlsson is playing with a pair of foot fractures, and blue liner Mark Borowiecki will miss Game 1 at least, having been out since the Senators’ opening-round win over the Boston Bruins. Marc-Andre Fleury came on at the start of the postseason in relief of the injured Matt Murray, but he posted a .921 save percentage in the conference semifinals against Washington, including a 2-0 shutout in Game 7 on the road. While Crosby is still likely not at 100% because of lingering effects from that concussion, he is on the ice, which means that the Senators have to plan for him.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Until someone slows down the Pittsburgh Penguins, they’re getting my money, especially at home. I predict a 3-1 win for the defending Stanley Cup champs.