Ottawa Senators (11-19-2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (23-10-5)
January 20, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -278 / Ottawa Senators +230; Over/Under: +6
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The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning 10 of their last 12 games.
The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Norris leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Drake Batherson has 20 assists and Brady Tkachuck has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 38 goals on 422 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 40 goals on 373 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 20 goals, Kris Letang has 30 assists and Evan Rodriguez has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 90.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 62 goals on 856 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 26 goals on 233 shots.
The Senators are 41-115 in their last 156 road games and 9-20 in their last 29 overall. The Penguins are 50-23 in their last 73 home games and 18-5 in their last 23 overall. The under is 10-1 in Senators last 11 Thursday games. The over is 7-3 in Penguins last 10 Thursday games. The Senators are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators have been a mess pretty much all season long, and they’ve been fade material on the road for years. The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the hotter teams in the league, and they’re stringing wins together at an elite level. Pittsburgh has also been a house of horrors over the years for the Senators. The only option here for me is to side with the Penguins and the PL for max betting value.