NHL Betting: Penguins to seal win on the handicap


Game four between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators promises to be a good one after Ottawa pulled the series back to 2-1 with a win on Sunday. 

The Senators fought extremely hard to qualify for the postseason and look increasingly determined to stick around as long as possible after their dramatic victory. Colin Greening's goal in double overtime sealed it after 87 minutes of hockey, to get to that point captain Daniel Alfredsson made it 1-1 on the night with just 30 seconds left in regulation. 

I still don't believe the Penguins will live to regret not closing the last minute out though, they remain major favourites to progress at 1.15.

 

Greening has now scored half of the Senators six goals in this series, quite the upturn after having zero points during the entirety of the first round. More importantly for tonight the real Craig Anderson made himself known as he stopped 49 shots to keep his team involved. 

When their defence is solid the confidence radiates into their offensive play, maybe now they can challenge the Penguins and Tomas Vokoun a little more. Confidence is what you need when you're trying to create opportunities on the rush as they do, utilising the strengths of quick centres like Kyle Turris and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Turris at 3.75 to score tonight could be a good option.

 

I'm expecting a backlash from Pittsburgh tonight and, if they manage to get some quick goals, the Senators won't be able to live with them. Evgeni Malkin went without a point for the first time in the postseason, he along with the likes of Crosby and Letang are unlikely to stay silenced for long. Back the Penguins with a -1.5 handicap at 3.00. All that should translate into at least a few goals too, so add on over 4.5 total at 1.50.

 

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win with -1.5 goal handicap at 3.00