Ottawa Senators (28-41-11) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-29-6)
|Date & Time||Friday April 6, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under:
The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Ottawa Senators look for a feel good road victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Ottawa with 23 goals, Erik Karlsson has 53 assists and Mark Stone has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 176 goals on 1,745 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 88 goals on 898 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 42 goals, Sidney Crosby has 58 assists and Phil Kessel has 255 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 129 goals on 1,393 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 63 goals on 687 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Senators are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 18-38 in their last 56 road games and 20-44 in their last 64 overall. The Penguins are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest and 63-21 in their last 84 home games. The Senators are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Pittsburgh, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators have been counting the days until the offseason for quite some time and have been getting destroyed on the defensive end as of late. The Pittsburgh Penguins are building a decent winning stretch as of late heading into the playoffs and have had no trouble winning on the end of back to backs. There's no reason to give the Senators a look here. Give me the Penguins to finish the regular season with another victory.