The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators are going to square off on the NHL odds and betting lines on Tuesday for Game 1 of their NHL playoff series. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Senators @ Penguins Game 1 picks & predictions for hockey for what should be a great game on Tuesday.
Free NHL Picks: Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 7:30 ET
Location: Consol Energy Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
NHL Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -200
Senators vs. Penguins NHL On TV: NBC Sports Network
The Penguins and the Senators seem to be separated by worlds. Pittsburgh was definitively the most talented team from a skating standpoint in the opening round of the playoffs, as it scored a whopping 25 goals in six games against the New York Islanders, including at least four in the final four games. The offense was simply unstoppable, but then again, the Isles aren’t known for their outstanding defense, and it has been years since G Evgeni Nabokov was really a force in the pipes. This time around though, the Penguins are going to be getting a challenge from a great defense and a rock solid goalie in G Craig Anderson, who had a great start to his postseason. Ottawa was able to excuse the Montreal Canadiens in just five games, though we all know that this series is going to be one in which the Penguins don’t give up the way that the Habs did. That being said, the oddsmakers just don’t have this one right. Sure, Pittsburgh is the better team in this series, and it deserves the nod with home ice advantage for about 30 cents as well. However, when push comes to shove, there is no way that G Tomas Vokoun should be a -200 favorite in the playoffs against a guy who legitimately perhaps should have been the Vezina Trophy winner this year. We like Ottawa at this price in this series and will continue to back the Sens until the numbers start to settle into the -160 area where they probably belong.
Senators vs. Penguins Game 1 Pick: Ottawa Senators +180
Senators at Penguins Game 1 Predictions: Senators 3 – Penguins 2