NHL Betting: Penguins too cool for Senators

The Ottawa Senators are preparing for Round 2 with Pittsburgh and are looking to give a better account of themselves than they did during a simple win for the Penguins on Tuesday. The Sens are now out to 4.95 to go through; dropping two down against a team this gifted would make their chances very remote. Right now Evgeni Malkin and co are content to pose two simple questions. Can you outscore us? Unlikely. Can you stop us? You're yet to prove it.

If we are going to see a response from Ottawa here, it's vital for them to get off to a good start: so far this post-season the Senators are 100% when scoring the first goal. Taking an early penalty ruled that out quickly as Pittsburgh's lethal powerplay unit took over in the first game. In the play-offs the Penguins have capitalised on over a third of their man-advantage chances, and at times there's very little you can do against their rapid puck movement. Chris Kunitz has regularly been the man to finish moves off and he's good value to score tonight at 3.00.

Unfortunately, I feel Ottawa are going to struggle to make a real fight of this series. For that reason, back another regulation victory for Pittsburgh at 1.80. A tie could also be good value at 4.05, but if it does go past 60 minutes bear in mind that the Penguins are yet to lose a game in overtime in 2013.

Best bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 1.80