Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators - 2/3/14
Ottawa Senators (24-21-10) at Pittsburgh Penguins (38-15-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -210 / Ottawa Senators +190 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Senators look for another upset victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday as the two teams meet up at the Consol Energy Center.
The Senators head into Pittsburgh to take on one of their newest rivals as the teams have played in some very chippy games of late and with the Sens dismantling the Penguins the last time the teams meet in Ottawa you can bet the Eastern Conference leaders would love a shot at redemption. Ottawa is a team fighting for a playoff spot in the Atlantic division and with the way they have played of late there is a shot they can do so but to me they’re a team that needs a couple more pieces before they will be contenders in the East. Craig Anderson took the loss on Saturday night in Toronto but he will likely get the call once again in this spot as he looks to out duel Marc-Andre Fleury who will be between the pipes for the Pens. Ottawa sits two games above .500 on the road while the Penguins have the best home record in the Conference and third best in the game overall.
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The Penguins look to keep their distance from the rest of the Eastern Conference contenders with a victory here against the Sens and coming off a loss on Saturday the Pens will be fired up to get back in the win column. Pittsburgh is loaded up front and they use that to their advantage every night of the week but they also have a strong defensive unit that often gets overlooked and while Fleury gets criticized for his poor play in the postseason you have to remember he has led the Pens to a Stanley Cup already and certainly knows what it takes to win. I am a big fan of this emerging rivalry which was fuelled by the Matt Cooke-Erik Karlsson incident last year and while the flames have cooled from that particular instance the fire still burns between the two teams. While I like the Senators staying competitive in these games I just think this is a horrible spot for them as they’re coming off a deflating loss to the Leafs on Saturday and now take to the road to face a Pens team looking to make amends after getting shelled in Ottawa earlier this season. Pittsburgh rolls.