Penguins at Senators: What bettors need to know

May 21, 2013 |
The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the Sens and Pens.
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The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the Sens and Pens.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators (+124, 5.5)

Penguins lead best-of-seven series 2-1.


The Pittsburgh Penguins were moments away from securing a commanding 3-0 advantage in their Eastern Conference second-round series - only to let it slip away. The seventh-seeded Ottawa Senators will look to feed off the momentum of their double-overtime victory and even their series with the top-seeded Penguins at two games apiece on Wednesday when they reconvene at Scotiabank Place. Captain Daniel Alfredsson netted a short-handed goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation and fourth-liner Colin Greening scored for the third time in the series at 7:39 of the second overtime as Ottawa claimed a 2-1 victory Sunday.

"You can see the desperation they have," captain Sidney Crosby said. "They want to make sure it's 2-2 going back to Pittsburgh (for Game 5 on Friday) and obviously we know the scenario is to come here and get one of two on the road and go back home with a chance to finish off the series would be great." Tyler Kennedy scored the Penguins' lone goal Sunday and Tomas Vokoun suffered his first loss since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury despite making 46 saves.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, RDS, TSN, CBC

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Evgeni Malkin saw his eight-game point streak come to an end - in frustrating fashion. The reigning Hart Trophy winner failed to convert a point-blank chance early in the second period - with the end result being a broken stick at his own hands. Malkin also had a golden opportunity to end the contest in the first overtime, only to be denied by a sprawling save from Craig Anderson.

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Coach Paul MacLean didn't mince words when talking about the contributions of his fourth line - Greening, rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Erik Condra. "That line - in the eight games that we've played so far - has consistently been our best line in the playoffs," MacLean said. "Game to game, shift to shift, they've been extremely important to us. Not only 5-on-5, but they also contribute killing penalties." Pageau had a goal in Game 2 of this series and a hat trick in Game 3 of the first-round set versus Montreal. Condra has one goal and five assists on his four-game point streak.

TRENDS:

* Penguins are 39-12 in their last 51 overall.
* Senators are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
* Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. After being a spectator for the last six contests, Pittsburgh C Jussi Jokinen skated with the fourth line and worked on the power play in Tuesday's practice. Jokinen could be inserted into the lineup for Game 4.

2. Ottawa C Jason Spezza registered four shots on goal, won 15 of 25 faceoffs and finished with a minus-1 in his return from back surgery.

3. Coach Dan Bylsma did not provide an update on LW Brenden Morrow, who made a premature exit from practice on Tuesday.
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