Pittsburgh and Boston enjoyed almost a week of break, after swiftly eliminating Ottawa and New York Rangers in the previous series. Now they will compete in the Eastern conference final, with the Penguins having home ice advantage in four games, thanks to better placement in the regular season.
Match: Pittsburgh vs Boston
Odds: William Hill 1.95
Pittsburgh has outplayed the Senators en route to achieving another conference finals berth, but they will face an entirely different opponent. Ottawa was more concerned of keeping the puck out of their own half and were plagued by numerous minutes of suspension, due to the fact that they play a very physical hockey. The Penguins will be up against a fast skating team which is famous for sending a hail of shots at their opponents’ net, which means that Tomas Vokoun will have to deflect plenty of pucks.
The Bruins are in for a challenge as well, because unlike the New York Rangers which placed the emphasize on deflecting as many shots as possible, the Penguins are firing many of their own. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are above any player that Boston has in its rotation, and the Bruins didn’t find a way of containing them in the regular season. With six days of rest, the hosts don’t have any fitness issues and can field their best starting formation which includes their captain who is now fully recovered.
Not even William Hill who has the highest odds for this fixture offers ones that exceed even values, making it difficult to bet on Pittsburgh at 1.95. On the other hand, the impressive manner in which they’ve eliminated Ottawa makes it worth trusting the Penguins in the opening round played at CONSOL Energy Center.