Penguins Look to Bounce Back this NHL Betting Monday NightPosted by: Mike Davis
Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks were able to hand the Nashville Predators a 5-3 online NHL betting playoff beating. The Ducks needed a strong win after dropping Game 1 3-2 in overtime. A 2-goal win over Nashville certainly accomplished that, but there’s still a long way to go before Anaheim is able to advance past the Preds. The Ducks will have to wait until Tuesday to face off with Nashville once more, but until then hockey betting sites and players alike can get set to wager on Monday night’s matchup between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins.
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The Senators and Penguins are set to face off in their Game 2 contest of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Senators were able to come away with Game 1 in dramatic fashion, beating Pittsburgh by the score of 2-1 in overtime. Nevertheless, Game 1’s results haven’t had much of an impact on hockey betting sites, considering they have pegged the Penguins as the favorites once again. Pittsburgh will be looking to make the best of the home field advantage they’ll be enjoying in Game 2, before heading to Ottawa for Games 3 & 4.
Game 2 – Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Monday, May 15th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Series: Ottawa Leads 1-0
Hockey Playoff Odds:
Ottawa Senators +1 ½ (-175) 5 (-145) +175
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+155) 5 (+125) -210
The Senators found their way into the postseason by posting a 44-28-10 regular season record that saw the franchise finish 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference. Over the last several years, Ottawa has struggled to consistently make the playoffs, and this year’s push marks the club’s first legitimate attempt at the Stanley Cup in nearly 10 years – when they lost to the Ducks in the Finals.
The Senators have only dropped 4-games so far in this year’s playoffs, two in each of the previous series they’ve played. Ottawa has managed to pick up a key Game 1 victory over Pittsburgh, and there’s no doubt the fierce 7-game series that Pittsburgh is coming off had something to do with it.
This year’s postseason appearance marks the 10th year in a row that Pittsburgh has made the playoffs. During that time, the Penguins have made three Stanley Cup Final appearances, two of which they’ve won. The Penguins punched their ticket to the postseason this year by posting a 50-21-11 record that paved the way to a 2nd place finish in the Metropolitan Division as well as the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins are coming off the hardest challenge of the postseason yet, facing the Washington Capitals in a 7-game series that satisfied Pittsburgh fans in every way possible and left Caps’ fans as furious as possible. The Penguins were hoping things against Ottawa would be slightly easier but it doesn’t appear so.