NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 22

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 22

PITTSBURGH (42-14-0-1, 85 pts.) at OTTAWA (30-20-0-6, 66 pts.) - 5/22/2013, 7:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 30-26 ATS (-6.2 Units) in all games this season.
OTTAWA is 30-26 ATS (-2.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 42-15 ATS (+17.6 Units) in all games this season.
PITTSBURGH is 15-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PITTSBURGH is 25-8 ATS (+15.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 42-15 ATS (+17.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 18-5 ATS (+12.2 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 10-1 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 9-5 (+1.6 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 9-5-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.3 Units)


PITTSBURGH vs. OTTAWA
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games when playing Ottawa
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games


Pittsburgh at Ottawa
Pittsburgh: 11-1 SU off a road loss by 1 goal
Ottawa: 11-3 Under at home with a total of 5.5 goals

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Penguins at Senators: What Bettors Need to Know
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators (+122, 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.

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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2013 NHL Playoffs

Home teams are now 11-2 in this round of playoffs, under 7-3-3. Pittsburgh had a power play and 1-0 lead in last minute of Game 3, somehow gave up goal, lost in OT- they're 5-1 vs Senators this year, winning 2-1/4-2/3-1/4-1/4-3. Senators are 3-0 at home in playoffs, with two OT wins- they've only allowed four goals in those three games. Penguins won four of last five games overall, with only nine goals allowed since the switch to Vokoun in goal. Seven of last eleven series games went over total. Penguins were 0-6 on power play in Game 3, after being 3-10 in two home games. Senators are 0-10 on power play in series.

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