What happened in game five of the Pittsburgh/Ottawa series that allowed the Penguins to annihilate the Senators 7-0? Ottawa did not play their trap defense and the rest was history as Sydney Crosby and his cohorts opened up the ice and scored more goals in game five than they had in the four previous games. Look for the Senators to work hard to slow the game down as they had in the first four, trapping the Pittsburgh offense in the neutral zone and limiting their scoring opportunities. Our Penguins play Senators game six NHL East Finals pick has Pittsburgh at -140 and Ottawa at +130. The over of five goals is at -137 and the under at +127.
Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins: First Five Games
In games one and three of this series, the Senators took the lead in the series and in games two and four, the Penguins tied it up. The other night in game five Pittsburgh took the lead in this series for the first time, and they did so with a convincing 7-0 win! Three of the games in this series have been one-goal affairs with Ottawa taking one of those contests and Pittsburgh the other two. By the way, the Senators handed the Penguins a humiliating loss in the third game, easily winning 5-1. There’s also been one OT win and that happened in the first game when the Senators beat Pittsburgh 1-0.
Pittsburgh at Ottawa Game Six
Here’s the way this game will work. The Senators will try hard to clog up the middle, push shooters to the outside, and slow down Penguin skaters. Pittsburgh will push to open things up and get as many shots on goal as possible. Whoever wins this battle wins this game. We also expect this to be a very chippie, heavily contested, and physical game. That scenario favors Ottawa.
For the Penguins, centers Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Jake Guentzel and RW Phil Kessel can rack up points quickly. They can bury teams with the sheer volume of shots they take. That makes Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson the focal point of this game. He has to make big saves for the Senators to have a chance.
The return of goalie Matt Murray has been huge for the Penguins. He’s started the last two games after replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in the 5-1 debacle on May 17. In those two games, he’s given up two goals, made 59 saves, and has a 2-0 mark.
The Senators need to see output from centers Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Derick Brassard and wings Bobby Ryan, and Mike Hoffman. D-man Erik Karlsson has to be aggressive and disciplined while also being the ultimate playmaker. Karlsson and goalie Anderson are key to a Senator win tonight.
Penguins Play Senators Game Six NHL East Finals Pick
The game will be played in Ottawa tonight and the first puck will be dropped at 8:00 p.m. E.T. The winner of this series will play the very tough Nashville Predators. Our Penguins play Senators game six NHL East Finals pick is Ottawa at +130 and, since we’re going with the Senators, we’re also going with the under at +127. If we are correct, game seven will be on Thursday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. E.T. in Pittsburgh.