Where the action is: Public pounds Pens, books cheer for Sens

May 22, 2013 |
The Ottawa Senators aren’t going to let Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins walk all over them in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs. The Sens stunned the Pens with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 3 but that isn’t enough to convince hockey bettors to back Ottawa in Game 4 Wednesday night.

We talk with Aron Black of online sportsbook Bet365.com about the betting patterns heading into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET faceoff.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators – Open: +125, Move: +120

While Ottawa’s moneyline has slowly shortened, most NHL bettors are banking on the bounce-back from Pittsburgh in Game 4.

According to Black, action is coming in on the Penguins at an 8:1 pace to win SU and even more money is siding with them on the puckline -1.5 goals. Money on Pittsburgh -1.5 outnumbers Ottawa’s puckline handle 14:1 after what Black calls “a few heavy hits” on the Penguins.

“Betting on this series so far has been very heavy on Pittsburgh and this game is no different,” Black told Covers. “In fact, this game so far is the most lopsided of the series.”

“It’s pretty much do-or-die for Ottawa,” he continued. “It would be very hard to imagine them coming back from 3-1 down, so I expect some Ottawa money before the game, But we will still end up hoping this series goes back to Pittsburgh at 2-2.”

The total for Game 4 opened at 5.5 goals and early action has sided with the under. Two of the three games in this series have stayed below the number. Ottawa and Pittsburgh are 2-4 over/under in their last six head-to-head clashes overall.

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