Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
PPG Paints Arena
The Line: Ottawa Senators +205 / Pittsburgh Penguins -256 -- Over/Under: 6.5
The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Ottawa Senators look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Thomas Chabot has 29 assists and Matt Duchene has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 110 goals on 1,166 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 14 goals on 121 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 24 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 41 assists and Sidney Crosby has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 67 goals on 742 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 68 goals on 821 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Senators are 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games, 15-45 in their last 60 road games and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games, 112-47 in their last 159 home games and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Senators are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Pittsburgh and the home team is 22-7 in the last 29 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 overall. The under is 6-1 in Senators last 7 overall.
The Pittsburgh Penguins should win this game for obvious reasons, as they're head and shoulders the better team, and the Senators are just god awful on the road dating back to last season. The home team also almost never loses when the Senators and Penguins play. However, I'm not laying this insane price, as the value just isn't there. Instead, I'll side with the over. The Senators are one of the worst defensive teams in the league and the Penguins have been shaky defensively to say the last these past couple of weeks. There's also been a combined 26 goals in the last four meetings between the Senators and Penguins. Give me the over.