Puck Playoffs by Kevin Stott for Mon., April 14, 2008

Apr 14, 2008 7:52 PM

by Kevin Stott | Pittsburgh Penguins (-130, 5o) at Ottawa Senators): Although the Senators won the season series, 3-1, the defending Eastern Conference champs are a different team now as they are without star Daniel Alfredsson, have average goaltending (Gerber, Emery) and are down 2-0 in this playoff quarterfinal series, thus sapping any confidence the team could possibly muster. Also, the Sens have never held the lead in this series yet and stars Spezza and Heatly have been held scoreless so far.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, got two goals from winger Peter Sykora last game while star Evgeni Malkin has five assists and a goal so far in two games. Sidney Crosby, although scoreless, is getting healthy and with Fleury playing strong between the pipes, it seems all the momentum is in the black, gold and grey sweaters.

Also of note, these two teams averaged eight goals in four regular season games and totaled eight (5-3) on Friday night at the The Igloo so the OVER may also be worth a look. PENGUINS -130.


Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (-150, 5) (Versus TV): Both Games 1 and 2 went to overtime with Colorado winning the first (3-2) and Minnesota the second (3-2), both in overtime. The series heads west to the Mile High City tonight where the Avalanche were incredibly strong (27-12-2) and went 3-1 versus Minnesota. The Pepsi Can will be rocking as the crowd knows their ‘Lanche have already stolen the home-ice advantage and have a chance to go up 2-1 in the series with Game 4 immediately following Tuesday night.

This is an example of betting on the site and crowd and situation and Foote, Forsberg, Stastny, Sakic and Smyth will be primed to light the lamp against Backstrom in this one in Denver. AVALANCHE -150.