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Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 Picks

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Craig Anderson was determined to make up for his mistakes in Game 5 and keep his Ottawa Senators alive for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He was flat out amazing in Game 6, stopping 45-of-46 shots against the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, and that's why this series, once thought to be a complete and utter joke of an Eastern Conference Finals, has turned into an epic seven-game showdown.

Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 7
Date and Time
: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
NHL Playoff Odds
Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

Game 6 can only be described as a great hockey game between two really good teams. The Penguins and Senators both threw everything they could at the other, and there were series of ebbs and flows for both squads.

The second period was perhaps the most interesting. It was a period dominated by the Penguins. They outshot Ottawa 23-10 in the frame, and they appeared to draw first blood when Trevor Daley poked a puck past Anderson. Anderson was ruled to be interfered with on replay, and that should have moved the momentum to the side of the Senators.

Instead, Evgeni Malkin struck in short order thereafter, and it looked for everything like the game was destined to become 2-0 with the flurry of shots on Anderson after that.

But Anderson stood tall, and Ottawa picked up a goal from Bobby Ryan while on the team's first two-man advantage of the postseason. In spite of the fact that Pittsburgh dominated the first 40 minutes of action, the game was still tied, and that gave Ottawa some hope. The Sens came out and dominated the first half of the third period, highlighted by what proved to be the game-winning snipe by Mike Hoffman on an odd-man rush.

Key Stat

29 – The number of power plays in a row the Senators had failed to score on before tallying the series-changing goal on Tuesday night.

Ottawa tied a streak for the most consecutive games without a power play goal in the history of the NHL playoffs at 10, and apparently, it just took a 5-on-3 to change all of that. Still, the Senators weren't fluid for much of that two-man advantage before the goal that changed everything, and the goal sort of came against the feel of the run of play. The Sens are going to need to produce at least one moment of brilliance on the man advantage in Game 7 if they want to win this series.

Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 Free Picks

The Senators aren't going to win too many games in which they allow 46 shots on goal, but they did on Tuesday thanks to Anderson. Clearly, the Pens should and will be favored in this game by a huge margin, but we aren't so sure this is their series.

There are still some real problems at the blue line for Pittsburgh with Kris Letang not out there. There were some tremendous breakdowns in stretches that left Matt Murray vulnerable. Maybe more confounding is the three too many men on the ice penalties the Penguins have taken in this series as well.

There's just too much confusion right now for us to be laying all this lumber with Pittsburgh. The Senators are incredibly beaten up at the moment, but they're here with 60 minutes to prove that they belong in the Stanley Cup Finals. We're not counting them out at this point, and we think they can find a way to get the job done if they can continue to pinch, find open ice in the middle of the rink and take advantage of the few really great chances they get over the course of the game.

Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 Pick: Play the Underdog Senators at
Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 Score Prediction: Senators 3, Penguins 1