In tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals the Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to eliminate the Ottawa Senators. The NHL Playoffs Start Time for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The NHL Playoffs Odds has the Penguins heavily favored to close out the series tonight at home.
Pittsburgh is showcasing why they are the best team in the Eastern Conference this post season. They knocked out the upstart New York Islanders in six games from the first round and are just one win away from dominating the Senators in five games.
Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson is coming to the end of his career and probably isn't ready for the post season to be over, but his team has been out-played in every game this series. He had to score in the final minute of Game 3 to force overtime before the Sens were able to squeak out a win.
Pittsburgh has two of the best players on the planet but hasn't been to the Eastern Conference Finals since the 2009 season. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have had their injuries in the past but both are healthy enough to play and it shows how important they are to the Penguins. The Pens also went out and picked up Jarome Iginla to bolster their offense.
The NHL's highest scoring team of the regular season is also the highest scoring team of the playoffs, averaging nearly a full goal a game better than the other seven teams remaining in the field. James Neal scored twice in the last win for Pittsburgh, where the Penguins beat up on Ottawa goalies for seven goals.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson has not finished two of the four games in this series. He hasn't been able to keep the Penguins off the scoreboard and that will probably continue tonight. The Pens average better than four goals per game this playoff season while averaging better than 33 shots per game on goal.
Hard to imagine the Penguins not picking up the win tonight in this close-out game. After dominating the Senators in Game 4 of the series and now having a chance to clinch at home, there's no way the Penguins lose this game tonight.
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