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Craig Anderson Gives the Sens a Shot in Pittsburgh Tonight

Ottawa is one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and will look for a big upset this evening as the Senators travel to Pittsburgh to take on the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Sens are 9-2 in their last 11 games against teams with winning records this season so there’s a precedent for them playing up to their competition.

SHARK BITES
  • The Senators are 1-8 in their last 9 games on the road against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Penguins' last 5 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.
  • The Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 games after a win.

Despite their massive underdog odds, do not count out the Sens tonight. Ottawa has won five of its last seven games and earned 11 of a possible 14 points in those games. The Penguins sit just one point ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and have been seriously struggling to put together consecutive wins.

Craig Anderson is expected to rejoin the Senators tonight after taking a few days off for personal reasons and he’s the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reasons why Ottawa has a good chance to win tonight. The Sens starting netminder is 5-1-0 on the road this year with a .959 save percentage. His last start on the road came in a 2-0 shutout of the New York Rangers at MSG – pretty impressive.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Pittsburgh Penguins in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -215 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Monday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 2.9-2.5 victory for the Senators. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

15-7-3 Pittsburgh battles the Senators, currently with a 15-8-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 15-6-4 for the Penguins and 8-16-1 for the Senators. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Ottawa injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 23-rated Ottawa Senators taking on the No. 8-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game, against a Senators defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.36 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 18.82% while the Senators defense kills off 86.08% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Senators were a 2-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +118 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh was a 5-3 winner in its last match at home against the Red Wings. They won as favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Ottawa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Ottawa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games
  • Ottawa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ottawa at San Jose, Wednesday, December 7th
Pittsburgh at Florida, Thursday, December 8th

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