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The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a grueling seven-game second-round series with the Washington Capitals and get to host the Ottawa Senators as big favorites for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins blanked the Capitals 2-0 on the road in Game 7, and they are favored to repeat as champions.

Betting line: The Penguins opened as -214 favorites (wager $214 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.

NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-2.1 Penguins. NHL picks on every game.

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