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NHL Playoff Picks Today: Eastern Conference Finals Game 7

NHL Playoff Picks Today: Eastern Conference Finals Game 7

Senators vs Penguins Odds

My Team's Next MatchOttawa Senators

This series has been one for the ages as it's had a little bit of everything. Four of the six games have been decided by a single goal, while the other two were blowouts, one by each side. All of that adds up to this Game 7 in Pittsburgh and there is little doubt we should have another tight game on our hands. 

The Penguins are listed as the heavy favorites at home tonight, but as I touched on in my Game 6 article, they've still got that dreaded "7 goal curse looming over their heads." Ottawa bounced back in a big way in Game 6 to completely shut down that vaunted Pittsburgh attack, and teams that have scored 7 goals in a game in these playoffs are still yet to move onto the next round. That's not exactly the news the plethora of bettors laying the -200ish price on Pittsburgh tonight want to hear, and with injuries continuing to plague the Penguins, and this being their second straight Game 7, you've got to wonder if playing all this intense hockey is finally going to catch up with them.

But rather than go all out and back Ottawa on the ML at huge odds (although I'm definitely not against it), I'm going to end this series with the same play I began it with. The Senators are still at a disadvantage on paper in terms of talent, but they've bucked the odds all playoff long and will be able to keep this one close. 

OTTAWA SENATORS +1.5 GOALS (-165) PLAY NOW

The fact that the majority of these games have been one-goal affairs definitely bodes well for an Ottawa +1.5 bet, however, there is always the worry that should they be down late, an empty net goal screws it. Yet, I do believe Ottawa has a much better chance to win this game outright than the 35% the ML price suggests, as Craig Anderson found his groove again between the pipes in Game 6, and the Sens players have found a way to beat Matt Murray on the other end. 

Pittsburgh has played a lot of hockey over the past 12 months and while they'd love to have an opportunity to defend their crown, eventually that catches up with you. Being at home and having guys like Crosby and Malkin leading the way is always a plus though, which is why it's a bit safer to take the puck line play here. 

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The Stanley Cup Finals will be set after tonight's game and we'll have you covered for that series, as we have all thorughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 2016-17 NHL season has reached its crescendo and if you want to get in the action for the Finals, the sportsbooks listed below are a spectacular place to start.

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