The Pittsburgh Penguins put together their most complete effort of the Eastern Conference Finals, blasting the Ottawa Senators away by a score of 7-0. We called the blowout, but I’m not sure anybody saw a blowout of that magnitude happening. It was all money to us, as we were able to cash the Penguins -1.5. The pick was never in doubt, and we hit an easy plus-money winner.
The Senators must respond tonight or it’s lights out in Ottawa. The Sens, no matter what happens tonight, or the rest of the series, don’t have to hold their heads low. They’ve exceeded expectations and then some.
Nevertheless, the Senators are still hanging on for dear life. They need to win tonight at home, and then win a Game 7 in Pittsburgh. Difficult, yes, impossible, no. They will need an A+ effort, though. When the Penguins are on a roll they are fairly hard to slow down.
They got on a roll in Game 5 and it was over before it began. Craig Anderson who has been so reliable in the playoffs, suffered an off night which resulted in him getting the cord and replaced by Mike Condon in net. His previous accomplishments in the playoffs shouldn’t be taken away.
Like we said in our last pick for this series, Anderson cannot do it all, and the cracks were going to start to open up if the rest of his team didn’t help him out. It’s exactly what happened in Game 5. Anderson has saved his team on many occasions, but they haven’t been there for him too often.
It doesn’t help with the Penguins on the other side, either. The Pens could punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals tonight. We’ll see if they can do it in Ottawa. Get our free Penguins vs. Senators Game 6 pick below.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators Game 6 Pick
The Penguins not only erupted for 7 goals in Game 5, but Matt Murray also stood tall and pitched a shutout. The Pens are turning to Murray after Marc-Andre Fleury showed signs of regression. It isn’t like Fleury’s overall body of work has necessarily been bad, but he is prone to be one of the streakiest goaltenders in the NHL.
The Pens were sensing he was going to go into downward mode, so Murray got the call. He sent back 25 shots in a game they didn’t exactly need him to play so well, but it’s appreciated and a good sign as the series gets deeper.
Pittsburgh now have 71 shots in their last two games. They are starting to heat up just at the right moment. With Murray locked in and the offence playing at this level, I feel that the Senators are on borrowed time. The Penguins are in a groove that I don’t think the Sens are going to be able to get them out of. Pittsburgh takes Game 6, and plays for the right to become back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.
PICK: PENGUINS (-150)