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Fleury is Penguins’ unsung hero

Fleury is Penguins’ unsung hero
While the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel get the headlines in Pittsburgh, the main reason why the Penguins are seven wins away from defending their Stanley Cup title is goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury Saving Pittsburgh’s Bacon

When the Stanley Cup playoffs began, Matt Murray was expected to be in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. But when he was injured late in the regular season, veteran Marc-Andre Fleury stepped into the breach and carried on seamlessly. Pittsburgh will count on him to keep it rolling in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference, which we look at here, with the odds set by BetOnline.ag:

Pittsburgh Penguins (-124) at Ottawa Senators (+112)

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Seated on the bench last spring, Marc-Andre Fleury watched as rookie Matt Murray performed spectacularly in the net for the Penguins. Fleury made only a cameo appearance as he won his second Stanley Cup ring, and it was easy to forget how integral a part he was in Pittsburgh’s 2008-09 Stanley Cup triumph.

Fleury’s last-second blocker save on a point-blank drive by Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in Game 7 of the 2009 Cup final series preserved Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win, so he was a pretty fair safety valve to have waiting in the wings when Murray was injured late in the season. It was an awfully good thing that the Penguins didn’t opt to move Fleury at the NHL trade deadline as was highly speculated at the time.

The veteran goalie shares the playoff lead with two shutouts after his 23-save 1-0 verdict over the Senators in Game 2, Fleury’s second shutout in three games and 10th all-time, which ties him for 11th on the career Stanley Cup list. He’s also won 62 playoff games, good for 13th overall and his next win with deadlock Fleury with Curtis Joseph for 12th spot. 

Fleury has already outplayed Vezina Trophy finalists Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) and Braden Holtby (Washington) in the playoffs, so it’s hard to believe that Ottawa’s Craig Anderson will get the better of him. Fleury’s .931 save percentage is third-best in the playoffs.

Phil Kessel, who scored Pittsburgh’s only goal in Game 2, has recorded 27-28-55 totals in 59 career regular-season and playoff games against Ottawa, including 10 game-winning goals.

Play The Puckline Already, Will You

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There is no better wager in this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs than the puckline, where teams either get or give 1.5 goals. Why, you ask?

Well, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final marked the 45th one-goal game of the playoffs. The NHL record for one-goal games in a single playoff year is 51, set in 2007.

The Penguins have played seven one-goal games and are 4-3. The Senators have appeared in 11 such contests and are 8-3.

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You’ll get 1.5 goals from BetOnline if you play the Senators in the puckline at odds of -265. All they have to do for you to cash is not lose by two or more goals. Any other outcome and you are a winner.

Pick: The Penguins (-124) and the under (5)

 
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 23 October
FT San Jose Sharks 4 - 1 New York Rangers Odds
FT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs +127 -141 Odds
Tuesday 24 October
FT Arizona Coyotes 3 - 5 New York Islanders +170 -189 Odds
FT Anaheim Ducks 6 - 2 Philadelphia Flyers -137 Odds
AOT Edmonton Oilers 1 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins +140 -154 Odds
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 5 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes +103 -114 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 0 - 1 Buffalo Sabres +110 -120 Odds
FT Florida Panthers 1 - 5 Montreal Canadiens +121 -133 Odds
PEN Los Angeles Kings 3 - 2 Ottawa Senators +120 -133 Odds
PEN Calgary Flames 3 - 2 Nashville Predators +140 -154 Odds
FT Vancouver Canucks 1 - 0 Minnesota Wild +169 -189 Odds
FT Dallas Stars 3 - 5 Colorado Avalanche -135 +122 Odds
Wednesday 25 October
FT Calgary Flames 2 - 5 St. Louis Blues +153 -169 Odds
FT Buffalo Sabres 1 - 5 Jackets +247 -278 Odds
Thursday 26 October
FT San Jose Sharks 1 - 2 Boston Bruins -102 -108 Odds
FT Carolina Hurricanes 6 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs +138 -154 Odds
FT Arizona Coyotes 2 - 5 New York Rangers +149 -164 Odds
AOT Winnipeg Jets 1 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins +155 -172 Odds
FT Los Angeles Kings 4 - 0 Montreal Canadiens +113 -125 Odds
FT Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 5 Ottawa Senators +100 -110 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 2 - 3 Tampa Bay Lightning +183 -204 Odds
FT Anaheim Ducks 3 - 8 Florida Panthers +117 -130 Odds
FT New York Islanders 4 - 6 Minnesota Wild +116 -128 Odds
FT Dallas Stars 4 - 5 Edmonton Oilers +113 -125 Odds
FT Washington Capitals 2 - 6 Vancouver Canucks -128 +116 Odds
Friday 27 October
14' Ottawa Senators 2 - 3 New Jersey Devils -135 Odds
40' Winnipeg Jets 1 - 0 Jackets Odds
571' St. Louis Blues 0 - 0 Carolina Hurricanes +104 Odds
808' Nashville Predators 0 - 0 Chicago Blackhawks Odds
Dallas Stars 21:00 Calgary Flames +124 -137 Odds
Saturday 28 October
San Jose Sharks 13:00 Buffalo Sabres -130 +118 Odds
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Boston Bruins +102 -112 Odds
Philadelphia Flyers 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs +144 -161 Odds
New York Rangers 19:00 Montreal Canadiens +124 -137 Odds
Anaheim Ducks 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning +149 -164 Odds
Detroit Red Wings 19:00 Florida Panthers +134 -147 Odds
Arizona Coyotes 19:00 New Jersey Devils Odds
Jackets 21:00 St. Louis Blues Odds
New York Islanders 21:00 Nashville Predators Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 21:00 Minnesota Wild -108 -102 Odds
Chicago Blackhawks 21:00 Colorado Avalanche Odds
Washington Capitals 22:00 Edmonton Oilers Odds
Sunday 29 October
Anaheim Ducks 17:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:00 Winnipeg Jets
Washington Capitals 21:00 Calgary Flames

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