Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tip-off: Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ power play is going strong.
The team counts on NHL MVPs in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as well as a future Hall of Famer like Jarome Iginla and a Norris Trophy finalist in defenseman Kris Letang. In addition, Chris Kunitz is also impressing YouWager fans. The Penguins are a solid team.
Pittsburg can quickly turn a NHL game into a mismatch. The Ottawa Senators learned this the hard way during a 4-1 defeat versus the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals earlier this week.
Even when dictating play at even strength for long stretches, Ottawa was practically blown out on the scoreboard after Pittsburgh went 2 for 3 on the power play and even added a shorthanded goal to seal it in the third period.
The Penguins made it look easy against the league’s best penalty killing team. Ottawa stopped 88 percent of the power plays they faced during the regular season, easily tops in the NHL.
However, online sports betting fans can agree that all power plays are not created equal. If Ottawa wants to even the series in Game 2 tonight, they have to either stay out of the penalty box entirely or find a way to stop a team that’s scoring 38 percent of the time in the playoffs when it goes a man up.
The key to the Penguins’ success is strongly based on talent. An outstanding 37 percent of Pittsburgh’s power plays in the playoffs have ended with an opponent skating slowly out of the penalty box after the red light behind their goal flicks on.
Ottawa has won just two playoff series in franchise history after dropping the first game, and none since 2003 and have never rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the postseason.