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Ottawa Senators host Pittsburgh Penguins in hockey action

Pittsburgh Penguins

Ottawa Senators
27-10-1 December 23, 2013, 07:30 PM | Canadian Tire Centre 14-17-7

Ottawa will try to be nasty hosts on Monday when the Pittsburgh Penguins pay a visit to Canadian Tire Centre.

This season the Senators are 14-17-7 overall while the Penguins are 27-10-1. As for the totals, Ottawa is 23-15 on the OU, and Pittsburgh is 15-19-4.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Senators as 129 underdogs earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The Senators - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Ottawa is rated No. 15 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 1.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner at home against the Flames. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -200 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Coyotes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Coyotes at -110 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ottawa's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.79 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.18 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 19.01% while the Penguins defense kills off 87.83% of their penalties.

A few Penguins at Senators trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 20 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games
Ottawa is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Ottawa's last 10 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Hartford , Friday, December 27th
Ottawa at Boston, Friday, December 27th