The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-13-3) travel to face off against the Ottawa Senators (11-17-0) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Penguins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Senators are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators
The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Senators, the Penguins have a record of 15-13-3 so far. At home, their record is 8-6-1 and 7-7-2 on the road. This record has them sitting 7th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 13th in the Eastern conference. Pittsburgh’s average scoring margin this season is +.1, leading to an overall puck line record of 13-18. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +.3, while on the road, it is -0.1.
Facing the Hurricanes in their last game, the Penguins won by a score of 2-1. The Penguins started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. In the game, Pittsburgh managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 25 shots on goal and committed 17 turnovers.
Pittsburgh was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Ottawa Senators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Senators have put together an overall record of 11-17-0. When playing on the road, Ottawa has gone 3-8-0, while their home record stands at 8-9-0. They are currently positioned 8th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 16th in the Eastern conference. Ottawa has nine wins by more than one goals and dropped 12 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 13-15 this season.
The Senators aim to bounce back following their 6-4 loss on the road to the Avalanche. Scoring-wise, the Senators put up two goals during the first period and two times in the second period. Out of Ottawa’s four goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 45 shots on goal and had one giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Ottawa not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 11th in the league. Coming into the game, the Penguins have 9-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-6.
The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 11-18-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.6 per game.
Ottawa Offense Breakdown
The Senators come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 22nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 28th in the league. Coming into the game, the Senators have 8-11 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 3-6.
This season, the Senators have an over/under record of 15-10-3. Throughout the season, they have played 18 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.9 per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
Defensively, the Penguins are currently 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Ottawa Team Defense
Defensively, the Senators come into the season ranked 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.5 shots per game against Ottawa. For the season, they are ranked 21st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Penguins vs Senators Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 1 goals per game in this stretch.
- Although Ottawa has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 5-5. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Senators have an puck line mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Ottawa posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Penguins have a strong record of 3-2. Their record vs the puck line in these matchups is 1-4.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Senators to come out with a win against the Penguins while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -110, I’m placing my bet on the Senators to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Senators winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Senators straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to remain below that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the under.
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