Pittsburgh Penguins (59-24-13) at Ottawa Senators (53-32-11)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 17, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +113 / Pittsburgh Penguins -127 --- Over/Under: 5
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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.