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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Over-Under Playoffs Odds & Pick from Scott Rickenbach: May 23rd 2017

| May 23, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL Over-Under Playoffs Pick: Under 5 goals -110 odds (May 23rd 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NHL Tuesday Free Pick UNDER 5 goals (+125) in Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins @ 8 ET – Over the past 5 months – dating all the way back to mid-December – the Penguins have gone 4 straight games without an under only 1 time! That said, the last 3 games have featured 2 overs and a push and I like the value being offered on the under here. Nice plus money return with the UNDER 5 goals in this one. Ottawa knows they have to return to a defensive-minded game after getting completely out-skilled in the Game 5 loss in Pittsburgh.

The Senators found out the hard way that they certainly are unwise to try and get into a fast-paced shootout with the Penguins. That said, and returning to home ice after back to back losses, I look for the Sens to have strong emphasis on defense and clogging up the neutral zone to slow down the Pens skilled forwards in this one. The Senators are fighting for their playoff lives after blowing the 2-1 series lead and the under is 28-15 in Sens games this season when they are playing with revenge. Free Pick UNDER 5 goals in Ottawa Tuesday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 19th 2017

| May 19, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL Betting Pick: Ottawa -103 odds (May 19th 2017)
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The set-up: The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ high-octane offense averaged an NHL-best 3.39 goals per game in the regular season but in three games against Ottawa, the Penguins have scored just one goal in each game of this series. Kessel’s third-period goal in Game 2 was enough to win but when Crosby scored for the Pens in Game 3, Ottawa already led 5-0. Game 4 of this series is clearly a pivotal one for the defending champs, as coming back from a 3-1 deficit may be too much to ask of a Pittsburgh team struggling on offense and decimated by injuries on the blue line. Adding more drama to the occasion, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters he’d reveal what he hopes to be his ace in the hole on Friday morning, with the disclosure of whether franchise goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury or rookie Matt Murray will get the start in net!

Pittsburgh: Fleury had been nothing short of brilliant while stepping in for an injured Murray (lower body), lifting the Penguins past Columbus and Washington and stopping 56 of 58 shots versus Ottawa in the first two games before getting shredded for four goals on nine shots in the first period of a Wednesday’s 5-1 loss. The roles are somewhat reversed from last season when the 22-year-old Murray took over for a concussed Fleury and guided Pittsburgh to its fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history. That aside, the Penguins still have their offensive woes to deal with. Those haven’t just begun this series, as they come into this contest having mustered just nine tallies in their last six games, which follows them having scored 35 goals in their first nine of the playoffs.

Ottawa: Head coach Guy Boucher offered his own take on the Penguins’ netminding situation. “I don’t care,” Boucher said, according to the Ottawa Sun. “Whether it’s (Fleury) or another goalie, it doesn’t matter.” Ottawa’s 1-3-1 system is largely responsible for flustering Pittsburgh but the team’s offensive ‘explosion’ (four, first-period goals) was a welcome sight in Game 3. Ottawa’s offense was almost non-existent in Game 2, as the Senators failed to record a shot on goal for 18:53 bridging the second and third periods! Five different players scored in Wednesday’s win with Ryan adding two assists (giving him five goals and eight assists) to close within one point of Karlsson’s team-leading 14 points (two goals / 12 assists) this postseason.

The pick: Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has chosen to keep everyone guessing as to the identity of his starting goalie on Friday and is that really a “winning strategy?” Time will tell. I do see the defending champs coming out strong, as a team with the firepower of Malkin (6 G / 14 A), Kessel ( 6 G / 9 A), Crosby (5 G / 10 A) and Guentzel (9 G / 5 A) is unlikely to be held to just one goal again. However, the goalie situation could turn into a ‘nightmare’ plus regardless of which player is in goal, the injury-riddled Pittsburgh blue line remains a real problem. Expect Ottawa to take a 3-1 lead in the series with a win.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals NHL Over-Under Pick from AAA Sports: May 6th 2017

| May 5, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Pick: Over 5 goals -110 odds (May 6th 2017)
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So far three of four in this series have gone below the posted number, but we’re expecting a more wide-open affair in Game 5. The Pens have a 3-1 lead and clearly the the Capitals will be pushing the pace from start to finish. Washington outshot the Pens 38-18 in Game 4 and were still saddled with a 3-2 loss. But the Capitals’ break-neck speed tonight will also create opportunities for the opportunistic Pens on the other end as well. In our professional opinion, the overall “situation” definitely lends itself to a higher-scoring affair.

And note, the numbers/trends also point to a “shoot-out,” as Pittsburgh has seen the total go OVER the number in seven of 11 this year when playing with two days rest, while Washington has seen the total go OVER in seven of 11 in the exact same position. Looks like we may have a “barn-burner” on our hands in Game 5, consider the OVER.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Over-Under Betting Odds & Pick from Scott Rickenbach: April 27th 2017

| April 27, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Over-Under Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals -110 odds (April 27th 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Thursday NHL Free Pick OVER 5.5 goals in Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins @ 7:30 ET – Welcome to the 2nd round of the post-season. After a layoff for the teams between the end of the 1st round and the beginning of the 2nd round, the impact certainly showed as 15 goals were scored in the 2 games yesterday! Speaking of 15 goals, the last time these two powerhouses met, the Pens and Caps combined for 15 goals on January 16th! There have been only 2 unders in the last 12 meetings between these teams. The over is also 7-0, 100% PERFECT this season when the Penguins enter a game off of 3 or more days of rest! Pittsburgh’s games against divisional opponents went 23-11 to the over in the regular season! The Capitals scored 3 goals or more in the first 4 games of their series with the Maple Leafs and the Penguins scored 4 goals or more in the final 4 games of their series with the Blue Jackets. Given the potency and firepower of both of these hockey clubs (and given the way yesterday’s 2nd round featured tons of goals) I look for a wild one in DC to get this series underway. Look for a barnburner here. Free Pick on OVER 5.5 goals in Washington Thursday. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach