Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (7-7-3) at Ottawa Senators (8-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +136 / Pittsburgh Penguins -150 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to rebound from back-to-back losses, falling to Tampa Bay by a final score of 4-3 in their last outing. Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel gave the Pens an early 2-0 lead, before Brayden Point notched a hat trick in 1:31 to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead 1:28 into the 2nd period. Hornqvist would tie the game with his 2nd goal but the tie was short-lived as Tampa Bay responded just 3:27 later with the eventual game-winning goal. Matt Murray ended up with the loss, falling to 4-5-1 this season after allowing all 4 goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.
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The Ottawa Senators will look to build some steam after a 2-1 win over Detroit in their last outing. Cody Ceci opened the scoring for the Sens in the late stages of the 1st period, giving Ottawa a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Detroit responded early in the 2nd, but that tie would last all of 3:10, as Drake Batherson notched what would eventually be the game-winner just before the halfway mark of the 2nd period. Craig Anderson got the win, improving to 8-5-3 this season after stopping 34 of 35 shots faced in the win, including a pair of Red Wings penalty shots in the game.
Pittsburgh is 1-7 in their last 8 games overall and 3-13 in their last 16 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games. Ottawa is 1-8 in their last 9 games against the Metropolitan division and 9-24 in their last 33 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games. Pittsburgh is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these teams have really been worth backing lately, and you could make a case for the Senators as they’ve had a better run of luck over the last couple of weeks, However, Pittsburgh you feel is due for a winning streak, and what better place to start than against a Senators team that they’ve had the number of dating back to last season. I’ll side with Pittsburgh to get the job done on the road here.