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2008 NHL Playoff Picks & Odds: April 11th

April 11th, 2008

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins u5.0 (115)
Fri Apr 11 ’08 7:05p – 2008 NHL Playoff Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins are supposed to score goals, but it is their defense that smothered the Ottawa Senators 4-0 in Game 1, and that unit will determine just how deep this team goes in the playoffs.

In fact, the Penguins have now allowed two goals or less in seven consecutive games, so it is not as if that performance in the series opener came out of nowhere. They have gotten great goaltending from both Marc-Andre Fleury and backup Ty Conklin, who each have identically good save percentages of .923 this year. Not that surprisingly, the Under is 7-1 in the last eight Pittsburgh games overall.

The Senators were certainly frustrated in the opener, and that was illustrated by some chippy play in the third period. That contest marked the third time that the supposedly high-powered Sens were shut out in the last five games, and they scored just one goal in one other game. Sure they scored eight goals in the fifth contest, but that was vs. a dreadful Toronto Maple Leafs team.

We look for the Penguins to shut down Ottawa again tonight, and while we have no interest in laying the chalk with the Pittsburgh side, we do find the plus odds attached to the Under here quite attractive. -  Courtesy of LT Profits

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