The Penguins and Senators are set to face off at 7:00 ET on SN PT. The Senators will host the game at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON. The Penguins are favored in this Eastern conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 6.5 goals.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Ottawa Senators +1.5
This game will be played at Canadian Tire Centre at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE OTTAWA SENATORS:
- Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Senators winning this game by a score of 4-2.
- We like the Senators on the moneyline (-110)
- The Senators are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Will the Pittsburgh Defense Show Up on the Road?
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. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 13th.
In terms of the puck line, Pittsburgh posted a 13-18 record. On the road they are 6-10 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 7-8. This season, Pittsburgh’s games have an average of 5.6 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Penguins come in with an over/under performance of 11-18-2.
Through their last three road games, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 1 goals per game.
When looking at their offense, the Penguins have an average of 2.8 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 11th in the league. In terms of the Penguins’ offense during power plays, they are 27th in power play goals and 19th in shorthanded goals.
Pittsburgh’s current leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 5th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Crosby has 15 assists this season.
Ottawa defense takes on the Penguins ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Ottawa. They alsso are 21st in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Ottawa, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 22 games in this season. His current record is 9-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.8979591836734694%.
Will Ottawa Come Through as Home Underdogs?
So far this season, the Senators have an overall record of 11-17-0. On the road, Ottawa is 3-8-0 and 8-9-0 at home. Their current record places them 8th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 16th in the Eastern conference.
In terms of the puck line, Ottawa are 13-15. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 5-6, while their overall home performance is 8-9. This season, Ottawa’s games have an average of 6.9 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Senators come in with an over/under performance of 15-10-3.
Through their last three home contests, the Senators offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 5. Ottawa posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.
Offensively, the Senators come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 28th position in the league. This season, the Senators are 8-11 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 3-6 record.
The leading scorer for Ottawa’s offense is Brady Tkachuk. Coming into the game he has 14 goals, ranking 27th in the NHL. Tkachuk also comes into the game with 7 assists.
The Senators defense is currently 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Ottawa. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 21st with 1 shutouts.
Goalie Anton Forsberg gets the start and has made 10 starts this season. His record at this point is 5-6, and his save percentage is 0.40816326530612246%.