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Surging Senators are a Different Team When Facing Penguins at Home

UPDATE: Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed Matt Murray will get the start in goal for the Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t able to get the job done in Canada in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final vs the Ottawa Senators, but Sidney Crosby and company will look to even things up in Friday’s pivotal Game 4. Sportsbooks opened the Sens as slight home +102 underdogs with a total of 5.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against the Senators.
  • The Senators are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games on Friday.
  • The Penguins are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has been keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to deciding which man will start in goal. Marc-Andre Fleury has done a fantastic job of filling in between the pipes for the injured Matt Murray, lifting the Penguins through Columbus and Washington and stopping 56 of 58 shots in the first two games vs Ottawa before getting torched for four goals on nine shots in the first period of a 5-1 setback on Wednesday.

Murray is close to returning, so it remains to be seen if he’ll get another shot in the crease. Pittsburgh’s offense is known for its high-octane nature, but the Pens have been limited to only one goal per game in the series so far. Pittsburgh scored an NHL-best 3.39 goals per game in the regular season before upping that to 3.42 in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

On the flip side, Craig Anderson has been sensational for the Senators. The veteran turned aside 117 of 122 shots in his last four tilts and is only one playoff win shy of tying Patrick Lalime for the most in franchise history at 21.

Outside of Game 3, the UNDER has been the story when these teams collide evidenced by four of the last five meetings between the clubs going below the total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Ottawa Senators as 111 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 2.8-2.4 win for the Penguins on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Ottawa will face the 59-25-13 Penguins. In totals betting, the Senators are 38-52-7 in over under betting so far this season while the Pittsburgh Penguins are 54-38-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ottawa vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 18-ranked Ottawa Senators and the No. 5-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ottawa's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.61 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 16.23% while the Penguins defense kills off 80.27% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh was a 5-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Senators. They lost as -115 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa
  • Ottawa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Ottawa is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home
  • Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Ottawa, Sunday, May 21st

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