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The Ottawa Senators (42-14-0-0) desperately need a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-20-2-4) on Sunday night to avoid falling into a 0-to-3 hole in this 2nd round NHL Playoff series, but Las Vegas considers them an underdog. Ottawa will be at +115 odds despite being on their Scotiabank Place home ice when the opening puck drops for Sunday’s 7:30 PM ET matchup.

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Ottawa is 17-6-1-2 at home but will be taking an a Pittsburgh squad with an impressive 20-7-0-0 road mark. The Penguins won 4-1 in game 1 as a -185 betting favorite and held on for a 4-3 win at -190 odds in game 2. Now the series shifts back north of the border but Ottawa lost both times they hosted Pittsburgh this season and have dropped all 5 head-to-head meetings against the Penguins this season.

Las Vegas has the total set high at 5.5 goals and the winning team here has scored 4 or more goals in 8 of the last 10 head-to-head meetings between the Senators and the Penguins. Pittsburgh is scoring goals left and right but their defense and goaltending are once again terrible in the postseason. The Penguins have scored 4 or more goals in 8 of their last 9 matchups this season.

Ottawa was strong while taking out the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games in the opening round of the playoffs and they have scored 3 or more goals in 6 of their last 8 matchups on the year. The Senators were strong defensively against Montreal but have had no answer for Pittsburgh’s multi-faceted attack yet in this 2nd round playoff series. The Senators have lost 9 of their last 10 games when playing a team with a winning percentage above .600.

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