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Despite Game 1 Heroics, Sens Deemed Massive Dogs in Contest No. 2

Looking to avoid going down 2-0 on their home ice, the Penguins will throw everything they have in their diminishing arsenal at the Ottawa Senators on Monday evening. The Erik Karlsson-led Sens, however, won’t be lying down for this one. Ottawa got the better of the Penguins in many key stat categories in Game 1 and will be looking to do more of the same as massive moneyline underdogs in contest No. 2.

SHARK BITES
  • The Senators are 9-3 SU as moneyline underdogs this postseason.
  • The Penguins are just 6-6 SU in their last 12 games at the PPG Paints Arena.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Penguins' last 9 games at home.

Pittsburgh being dominated during five-on-five play is becoming a serious trend this postseason. The Penguins were outshot by 18 during even-strength play in Game 1 against the Sens and they were nearly shut out. Marc-Andre Fleury was terrific for them once again and he really had no chance on the two goals he allowed – both took an incredible amount of skill from the goal scorers.

Opening the Sens as a +160 underdog, bookmakers are still giving the benefit of the doubt to the Penguins because of their pedigree and you’d have to be loony to not at least consider Ottawa at the current price. The Senators have single-handedly boosted your bankroll by close to $1000 if you’ve been betting their moneyline every time they’ve been pegged the underdog and their aggravating trap style has proved that it can be effective against even the fastest of teams.

With the ranks still diminished at the back end, it’s going to take a herculean effort from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin if the Pens are to pack their bags for Ottawa with the series tied 1-1. The Sens have now beaten the Pens four straight times so it’s a little tough for me to swallow such a chalky line for Pittsburgh – you know what to do.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Ottawa Senators before puck drop in this match found them as 160 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3.2-2.4. 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

Pittsburgh will face the 53-31-11 Senators. In totals betting, the Penguins are 53-37-5 in over under betting so far this season while the Ottawa Senators are 37-51-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Ottawa injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit at No. 5 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Ottawa Senators sit at a No. 18 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 1-ranked offense (3.41 goals per game) against a Ottawa Senators defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.61 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 22.52% rate while the Senators have a 81.44% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ottawa won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Penguins on May 13. Bettors who backed the Senators at +171 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Ottawa is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Ottawa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Ottawa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ottawa home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 17th

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