We all love a good underdog story, especially when they hold their own against an obvious favorite. In these types of situations, though, there very often comes a moment when you realize that the underdog is seriously out of their depth. The Ottawa Senators have been a fantastic underdog story throughout these Stanley Cup playoffs, and they were magnificent through the first 4 games of the Eastern Conference Final against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 5 may well have been the moment when they realized they were out of their depth, though, as the Penguins offense came to life in a big way, winning that game 7-0. The Senators now head back home for Game 6 in a do or die situation, and you wonder how they are going to bounce back from such a hammering. The champions can almost certainly smell the blood in the water, and they are a team that have proven that they know how to put a series away when presented with the opportunity. Find the latest NHL betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Pittsburgh Penguins At Ottawa Senators NHL Game 6 Winning Favorites
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 8 PM EST
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -1½ (+200)
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
There were several questions being asked of the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to Game 5, all of which were quickly answered in the space of 60 minutes. There were concerns about the offense, and Sidney Crosby in general, which were soon dismissed after 7 goals and a 1G 1A night from Crosby. After getting the hook in Game 4, there were calls for Marc Andre Fleury to be replaced by Matt Murray. It was indeed Murray who got the start, and it is likely to be him the rest of the way after stopping all 25 shots he faced to post a shutout. The only question now is whether the Penguins can close out this series on the road, and you have to consider them favorites to do so.
Why bet on the Ottawa Senators
It’s tough to predict how the Senators are going to respond to going behind in this series, simply because we don’t have much to go on this postseason. The only time that Ottawa has been down in a series was after losing Game 1 in the opening round versus the Boston Bruins. We all know that they rebounded to win that series, but this is a completely different situation. The Senators are now on the brink of elimination, and are up against a team that has proven they know how to get the job done in the postseason. The Senators have found ways to win all through the playoffs, but can they do it with their season on the line?
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Pittsburgh Penguins finally looked like the team we all believe they are in Game 5, and the beating that they delivered there may well be one that the Senators cannot come back from. Pittsburgh wins and moves on.