Pittsburgh Penguins (7-7-3) at Ottawa Senators (8-8-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +136 / Pittsburgh Penguins -150 --- Over/Under: 6
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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.
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.