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Pittsburgh Puts Exclamation Point At The End Of Its Series With Ottawa

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/23/2013 7:25:21 PM

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Friday (Pittsburgh leads 3-1)

Reality came crashing down for the sportsbook experts and Senators fans on Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their NHL playoff series. It was almost as if the Penguins had been chipping away at a dam and the dam finally broke. The Penguins looked in complete control of game four and the team looked like it finally had its swagger back. The Pens were able to skate away from Ottawa and that was the big difference.

The betting sites know that the only way the Ottawa Senators can win any more games in this series is if Ottawa can slow down Pittsburgh with physical play. That is the formula that Ottawa used to win its opening playoff round against the Montreal Canadiens. But, as Ottawa is finding out, these Penguins are much bigger and more talented than the Canadiens. Goaltender Craig Anderson was under siege in game four and it looks like there will be more of the same in game five. It could very well be Ottawa’s last game of the season.

Why the Penguins Will Win

The sports betting experts don’t expect the Penguins to do anything different in game five. If it worked in game four, then it will happen again in game five. Pittsburgh took a couple of games to find room to skate against Ottawa, and then there was the issue of getting the puck past goaltender Craig Anderson. But once the Pens figured all of that out, the rest was easy. Game five will be a battle as the Senators will not go out quietly, but it should be a Pittsburgh win.

Why the Senators Will Win

Nothing is a forgone conclusion until the final whistle goes. The Senators are still very capable of pulling off a win in game five, but a lot of things will have to happen right for Ottawa to get the win. The Senators will need to abandon some of the physical play to try and skate with Pittsburgh. Ottawa does not have the pure speed to match the Pens, but Ottawa can try to stay in position and avoid going out of their way to make the hit. The game is not lost yet for the Senators, but Ottawa does have a lot of work to do if it wants to stay alive in this series.

The Bottom Line

Game four was an indication that the Penguins had finally figured the Senators out. The Senators will come out hitting in game five because that is all that the Senators know. But Pittsburgh will be ready and the Penguins have the perfect antidote for the Senators’ game plan. Look for Pittsburgh to stay moving and play “keep away” from the Senators. This game will get ugly before it is over, but Pittsburgh will get the win.

Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

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