The Pittsburgh Penguins head back home to Mellon Arena with a 3-1 series lead and will try to wrap up this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal with a win in Game 5. After losing game 1 the Penguins haven’t looked back, winning their last three in dominating fashion. Captain Sidney Crosby has been absolutely dominant, racking up 11 points in the first four games including a four point night in game 4 where the Penguins beat up on the Senators 7-4 in Ottawa.
The Senators have a mountain to climb and will need to play tough hockey and find a way to win and keep their playoff hopes alive. Brian Elliott had started the first four games, but he was yanked in the second period of game 4 giving Pascal Leclaire his first ever Stanley Cup Playoff appearance where he stopped 20 of 23 shots in the 7-4 defeat. The Senators will stick with Pascal Leclaire and give him the start tonight and look to give this desperate team the spark it needs to extend this series. Betting lines, trends and predictions are listed below for this Ottawa vs Pittsburgh game 5 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds:
Moneyline (to win straight up):
Ottawa Senators (+245)
Pittsburgh Penguins (-305)
Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-125)
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+105)
Over 5.5 (-125)
Under 5.5 (+105)
Senators vs Penguins Betting Trends:
Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 overall
Penguins are 25-6 in their last 31 playoff games as a favorite
Senators are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals
Over is 4-0 in Senators last 4 following a loss of 3 or more goals
Head to head Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
Senators vs. Penguins 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals Betting Predictions:
Moneyline/Puckline – Take Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to win tonight’s game by a couple of goals and wrap up this first round series. Pascal Leclaire is going to have some nerves, making his first ever NHL Playoff start on the road against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Penguins know the Senators will be playing desperate hockey and are not going to take them lightly, look for the Pittsburgh Penguins to come flying out of the gate in tonight’s game with the fans behind them and get to work early on Pascal Leclaire, jump out to an early lead and never look back. Bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins puckline -1.5 (+105) to win Game 5 by two goals.
Over/Under – Look for tonight’s game to be another wild and crazy high scoring game with lots of power play opportunities for both teams. The total has gone over three out of the first four games with a total of 29 goals scored in this series, look for lots of chances again in tonight’s game at both ends of the ice. I think Pittsburgh will be able to put up enough goals themselves to bring the total up near the number, and will count on Ottawa to pot a couple making this one a high scoring affair. Bet on the OVER 5.5 (-125) in this Game 5 match-up.