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Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-10-5) at Ottawa Senators (12-14-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ottawa Senators +153 / Pittsburgh Penguins -180 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
Sportsnet One
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NHL | Pittsburgh Penguins (12-10-5) at Ottawa Senators (12-14-3)
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Saturday NHL action features the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Ottawa Senators.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are gunning for a third straight victory after downing the NY Islanders 6-2 on Thursday. New York received a first period goal from Brock Nelson and from Anders Lee in the third. The Islanders struggled between the pipes with Thomas Greiss surrendering five goals on 21 shots while Christopher Gibson stopping 7-8 shots for the Islanders in relief.

Kris Letang and Phil Kessel supplied two goals each for the Penguins with Riley Shehan and Sydney Crosby also lighting the lamp. Crosby and Kessel posted two assists each while Jake Guentzel totaling three helpers for Pittsburgh who received 19 stops from Casey DeSmith.

The Ottawa Senators have followed a three game winning streak with consecutive defeats following a 5-2 loss to visiting Montreal on Thursday. The Senators took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Mark Stone tally with Colin White adding a second period PP goal. White and Stone also had assists with Craig Anderson absorbing the loss with four goals given up on 42 shots.

The Canadiens received a pair of goals from Paul Byron with Jeff Petry, Andrew Shaw and Brendan Gallagher also finding the back of the net. Petry added an assist and Carey Price  stopper 19 shots to get the win for Montreal.

Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and under is 3-0-3 in Penguins last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 8-1-2 in Senators last 11 following a loss of 3 or more goals and Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games. Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and home team is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings and Penguins are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa. 

I’m not convinced that Pittsburgh is suddenly a ‘consistent’ team but this looks like a game that they have the advantage in…

Pick:
Pittsburgh -.5 // will update

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