Senators play host to the Penguins

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to boost their playoff chances on Monday night as they play host to the conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL betting action.

The Senators have been tagged with a loss in each of their last two games against the Penguins, including a 4-2 defeat in Pittsburgh when they last met on February 13. The OVER/UNDER has gone 6-1 over the past seven Senators vs. Penguins matchups.

Ottawa battles the Penguins, currently with a 34-10 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 10-27-7 for the Senators and 21-22-1 for the Penguins.

View Pittsburgh vs Ottawa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Penguins listed earlier today as favorites of 105 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Senators at No. 10 and the Penguins at No. 2 heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ottawa's No. 26-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Senators powerplay has clicked at a 16.5% rate while the Penguins have a 79.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Ottawa lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Maple Leafs on April 20. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at +122 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Boston are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Penguins at Senators trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ottawa's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Buffalo, Tuesday, April 23
Ottawa at Washington, Thursday, April 25