<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators - 5/25/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/25/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-ottawa-senators-5/25/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in game seven of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Ottawa Senators look to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since the 2006-07 season. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 14 assists and Mike Hoffman has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent…

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The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in game seven of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Ottawa Senators look to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since the 2006-07 season. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 14 assists and Mike Hoffman has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 43 goals on 548 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed four goals on 32 shots. The Ottawa Senators have won six of their last eight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals back-to-back seasons. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up five goals on 101 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Senators are 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games and 7-3 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Penguins are 62-21 in their last 83 home games, 59-25 in their last 84 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Senators are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Pittsburgh, the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

This is a lot of juice to lay in a series that has been back and forth and very tight with a lot of these games being able to go either way. However, the Penguins are still the more talented and experienced team, and the fact they're at home just puts them over the top even more. The Senators haven't been able to string together success in this series, and Pittsburgh has a history of lighting Anderson up, especially the last game he played against this team on the road. The price is steep for my taste, but I like the Penguins to win and advance to another championship series.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 01:16:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86193
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/23/ottawa-senators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-5/23/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet Tuesday in game six of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals back-to-back seasons. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet Tuesday in game six of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals back-to-back seasons. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists and Phil Kessel has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up three goals on 71 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 15 of their last 19 games when allowing less than five goals.

The Ottawa Senators need a victory here if they’re going to force a game seven on Thursday. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Mike Hoffman has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 42 goals on 502 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed four goals on 32 shots. The Ottawa Senators have lost four of their last six games when allowing more than one goal.

The Penguins are 59-24 in their last 83 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Finals games and 15-5 in their last 20 Tuesday games. The Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 11-5 in their last 16 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Penguins are 17-8 in the last 25 meetings and the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The Senators have been outplayed in the last couple of games and for this series overall. The last game it felt like reality hit Ottawa, as it was just a Penguins avalanche where it felt like Pittsburgh snatched the heart out of the Senators chest. The magical season for Ottawa may be coming to an end, especially when you consider the Penguins have had no problem winning on the road this postseason. The Penguins are 5-3 this postseason on the road and of course that includes a game seven win in Washington. Murray has had a lot of success goaltending in place of Fleury, and if the Penguins strike first, you have to like Pittsburgh to advance to the Finals. I like the road team here.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 22:35:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85968
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/22/nashville-predators-vs-anaheim-ducks-5/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game six of the NHL western conference finals Monday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks need a big road victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game six of the NHL western conference finals Monday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks need a big road victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 38 goals on 466 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed six goals on 63 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed two or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.

The Nashville Predators will advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Final if they can win this game. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 25 goals on 433 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have won 17 of their last 20 games when allowing two or less goals.

The Ducks are 58-28 in their last 86 Monday games, 27-13 in their last 40 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 road games. The Predators are 20-6 in their last 26 Monday games, 20-8 in their last 28 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 3-0-4 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and the over is 13-5-8 in the last 26 meetings.

Home ice advantage hasn't mattered much in this series, so there's reason to consider the Ducks to force this thing to a game seven. However, the Predators have been the better team in this series overall and one could argue they've been the best team throughout these entire playoffs. Rinne has shut these Ducks down twice in the last three games and is fresh off possibly his best performance of the playoffs yet. In Nashville, where the team can make history advancing to its first ever Stanley Cup Final, the Preds are tough to bet against. The place is going to be rocking, and you have to expect Nashville to find a way.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 02:02:37 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85926
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators - 5/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/21/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-ottawa-senators-5/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in game five of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Ottawa Senators look for their sixth road playoff victory to have a chance to close out this series in game six. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Mike Hoffman has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are…

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The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in game five of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Ottawa Senators look for their sixth road playoff victory to have a chance to close out this series in game six. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Mike Hoffman has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 38 goals on 488 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed one goal on 10 shots. The Ottawa Senators have lost 14 of their last 18 games when allowing three or more goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for back-to-back playoff wins for the first time since game one and two against the Washington Capitals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 14 assists and Phil Kessel has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up three goals on 46 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 12 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Senators are 8-17 in their last 25 Sunday games. The Penguins are 14-4 in their last 18 Sunday games, 61-21 in their last 82 home games and 58-24 in their last 82 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Pittsburgh, the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Penguins finally found some offensive success against the Senators in game four, and now they head home to where they are 5-3 during these playoffs. The Senators have been really impressive on the road during the postseason, which includes closing the first two series out on the road, but in a crucial game five with the series tied up, expeience is huge. The Penguins seem to find ways to win when they need to the most, and they simply can't afford to go down 2-3 and put themselves in a must-win back in Ottawa. I look for the Penguins to get the job done here.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 01:50:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85857
<![CDATA[Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators - 5/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/20/anaheim-ducks-vs-nashville-predators-5/20/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks meet in game five of the NHL western conference finals Saturday at the Honda Center.

The Nashville Predators hope to retake control of this series with their fifth road playoff victory. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent…

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The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks meet in game five of the NHL western conference finals Saturday at the Honda Center.

The Nashville Predators hope to retake control of this series with their fifth road playoff victory. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 24 goals on 400 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have lost three straight games when allowing more than two goals.

The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory here to move one game away from their first NHL Final since 2006-07. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 38 goals on 456 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 45 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.

The Predators are 8-17 in their last 25 Saturday games, 17-6 in their last 23 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 35-16 in their last 51 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings, and the over is 16-5-5 in the last 26 meetings in Anaheim and 21-8-10 in the last 39 meetings.

The Anaheim Ducks seem to get stronger the deeper the series goes, as we saw against Edmonton, and that overtime win on the road can do wonders for a teams confidence coming back home. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Ducks and Predators, and Nashville hasn't been the same team on the road these playoffs as it has been at home. Besides game two, this series has been really tight and could have gone either way, so I'm going to side with what the trends say and back the home team in the Anaheim Ducks. 

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Fri, 19 May 2017 01:55:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85791
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/19/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/19/ottawa-senators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-5/19/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in game four of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Pittsburgh Penguins would love a victory here to tie up the series before heading back home for game five. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 14 assists and Phil Kessel has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in game four of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Pittsburgh Penguins would love a victory here to tie up the series before heading back home for game five. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 14 assists and Phil Kessel has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up one goal on 20 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost four straight games when allowing at least one goal.

The Ottawa Senators can put a stranglehold on this series with a victory and a 3-1 lead. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Bobby Ryan has eight assists and Mike Hoffman has 41 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 35 goals on 453 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed one goal on 10 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed one goal in each of their last three games.

The Penguins are 57-24 in their last 81 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-43 in their last 63 Friday games. The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

We're getting plus money with the Ottawa Senators at home, a team that hasn't allowed much on the offensive end in this series and has won four of the last five meetings against the Penguins overall. Sure, the Penguins are the better team and have been in these situations before, but the value is with Ottawa, especially with the way game three played out. Add the fact the home team has won eight of the last 10 games between the Penguins and Senators, and I'm taking my chances with the plus money.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 23:15:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85764
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/18/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/18/nashville-predators-vs-anaheim-ducks-5/18/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game four of the NHL western conference finals Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks could use a victory here to tie up the series before heading back home. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game four of the NHL western conference finals Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks could use a victory here to tie up the series before heading back home. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 36 goals on 422 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 45 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last nine games.

The Nashville Predators look to put a stranglehold on this series with a victory and a 3-1 lead. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with six goals, Roman Josi has five assists and James Neal has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 21 goals on 363 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Finals games, 26-12 in their last 38 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Predators are 20-7 in their last 27 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The Ducks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville, the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 21-8-9 in the last 38 meetings.

The same reason I picked the Nashville Predators in game three is why I'm picking them here. The Preds haven't lost a home playoff game yet and haven't lost a home game overall in about a month and a half. The Predators just continue to find ways to win and are getting solid play out of Rinne on the defensive side. If it's not broken, don't fix it. Give me the Nashville Predators to keep the money train flowing.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 01:53:49 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85683
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/17/ottawa-senators-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-5/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins look to take in their Eastern Conference final series with the Ottawa Senators as the series shifts to Ottawa for game three on Wednesday.

The Senators look to win game three of this series and preserve home ice for themselves as they stole game one and had chances to win game two, but now they are back at the Canadian Tire Centre and should be considered a favourite to win at least one game at home. The Sens got past the Boston Bruins in the first round and then followed suit with a second round victory against the New York Rangers as they emerged out of the…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to take in their Eastern Conference final series with the Ottawa Senators as the series shifts to Ottawa for game three on Wednesday.

The Senators look to win game three of this series and preserve home ice for themselves as they stole game one and had chances to win game two, but now they are back at the Canadian Tire Centre and should be considered a favourite to win at least one game at home. The Sens got past the Boston Bruins in the first round and then followed suit with a second round victory against the New York Rangers as they emerged out of the Atlantic division bracket into the final against the defending Cup champs from Pittsburgh, but very few expected the Sens to be competitive in this series, let alone have a chance to take a 2-1 series lead and move to within two games of qualifying for the Stanley Cup final. Craig Anderson will be out for another special effort in the Ottawa crease as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury as both net minders were strong in game one and two and they will be out to give their respective teams a jump in this series.

The Penguins meanwhile won a pivotal game at home on Monday and salvaged a split heading into Ottawa but they need to earn a big win in one of the next two games in order to retake home ice and potentially set up a game seven in their own arena . Pittsburgh will need to get their offense rolling as they were held in check by the great goaltending of Craig Anderson and while they did enough to get past the Sens in game two they know they need Crosby and Malkin to step up or this could end up being a battle of attrition which is exactly what the Sens are looking for.

The Sens are 5-1 in their last six Conference final games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall while the Penguins are 60-21 in their last 81 home games and 38-13 in their last 51 after scoring two or fewer in their previous outing. The Sens have been great at home in these playoffs and I like that trend to continue as they do enough to retake the series lead with a win in front of their fans.

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Tue, 16 May 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85599
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/16/nashville-predators-vs-anaheim-ducks-5/16/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game three of the NHL western conference finals Tuesday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory here. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game three of the NHL western conference finals Tuesday at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory here. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 34 goals on 382 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 45 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Nashville Predators look to protect their home ice and take a 2-1 series lead. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with five goals, Roman Josi has five assists and James Neal has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 20 goals on 343 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have split their last four games when allowing more than one goal.

The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville and the over is 21-7-9 in the last 37 meetings.

The Nashville Predators have yet to lose a home game in the playoffs, which means they haven't lost at home since April 4. You can argue the Ducks have been the better team i nthe first two games of this series, but it's hard betting against the Preds at home with the way they've played throughout the playoffs overall. I like Nashville to get the job done here and break the 1-1 series tie.

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Tue, 16 May 2017 02:20:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85551
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators - 5/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/15/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-ottawa-senators-5/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back in their Eastern Conference final series with the Ottawa Senators as the heavy underdogs stole game one in overtime on Saturday night.

The Senators look to sweep the first two games of this series and head back to the Canadian capital with a comfortable 2-0 series lead but they know that after losing the opener on Saturday that the Penguins will come out with a much better effort and play with a little bit of desperation in their game, especially on home ice. The Sens got past the Boston Bruins in the first round and then followed suit with a…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back in their Eastern Conference final series with the Ottawa Senators as the heavy underdogs stole game one in overtime on Saturday night.

The Senators look to sweep the first two games of this series and head back to the Canadian capital with a comfortable 2-0 series lead but they know that after losing the opener on Saturday that the Penguins will come out with a much better effort and play with a little bit of desperation in their game, especially on home ice. The Sens got past the Boston Bruins in the first round and then followed suit with a second round victory against the New York Rangers as they emerged out of the Atlantic division bracket into the final against the defending Cup champs from Pittsburgh, but very few expected the Sens to be competitive in this series, let alone have a chance to head back home with a 2-0 series lead. Craig Anderson will be out for another special effort in the Ottawa crease as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury as both net minders were strong in game one and they will likely dictate the outcome of most of this series as they have done through the first two rounds thus far.

The Penguins meanwhile won a pivotal game seven on the road against the Washington Capitals in the Metro division final but they spoiled a return home as a goal from Bobby Ryan in overtime gave the Sens an opening game victory in which Ottawa was the better team from start to finish. Pittsburgh will need to get their offense rolling as they were held in check by Ottawa’s stingy 1-3-1 defensive formation and great goaltending from Anderson but with the strength of Pittsburgh’s special teams being a focus they know they will have to take advantage on the man advantage if they’re going to find success in this one. Sidney Crosby and company surely have the depth in the offensive zone but it has been Ottawa who has been better in the defensive zone thanks to Erik Karlsson and the battle between these two superstars will be an exciting narrative to follow as the series unfolds.

The Sens are 5-1 in their last six Conference final games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall while the Penguins are 60-21 in their last 81 home games and 38-13 in their last 51 after scoring two or fewer in their previous outing. The Sens netted just their second road win in Pittsburgh in their last 11 tries and while they have all the value here I think the Penguins get it done and head back to Ottawa tied at a game apiece.

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Sun, 14 May 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85473