The Ottawa Senators are on the ropes. They now trail the Penguins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, which shifts backs to Pittsburgh on Friday. The Penguins have been very tough to beat in their own confines this postseason as they are 4-1 at home while averaging four goals per game.
The chief concern for the underdog Senators is that they simply can’t keep Pittsburgh off the score sheet. The Pens have now outscored Ottawa 16-9 through four games and forced the Sens to pull lead goaltender Craig Anderson twice. Ottawa averaged four goals per game in the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens but that offense has dwindled to just 2.25 in the second round.
Stopping the Pens special teams appears to be the key as Pittsburgh has won all three games where they’ve scored at least one power play goal but lost the only game when they didn’t score with the man-advantage.
The Pens are clearly on another level as they are now 16-3 on the season when playing against teams with a winning record whereas the Sens are just 16-17 in the same scenario.