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Sens Provide Value as Underdog Against Banged-Up Pens

Another important Eastern Conference battle on a crowded NHL schedule Thursday is a matchup between the Sens and Pens in Ottawa. Oddsmakers opened the Senators as a significant home underdog but they’ll be motivated to win with two points bringing them within a point of the Atlantic-leading Canadiens. The Penguins, who’re a team starting to roll, can take the outright lead in the Metro with a victory combined with a Capitals loss tonight.

  • The Penguins are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Senators' last 10 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Penguins' last 10 games on the road.

Surprise, surprise – the Penguins have dominated this series in recent matchups, going 7-1-2 in their last 10 meetings with Ottawa. That said, the two have played twice this season with the Sens taking the last outing 4-1. Pittsburgh is a banged-up team right now and could be without Evgeni Malkin as he missed the Pens’ game in Buffalo on Tuesday with an upper-body injury and is still questionable.

With Ottawa providing plenty of value as an underdog tonight, the Sens are a tough fade against a team that’s gone just 16-19 straight up on the road this season. Additionally, Craig Anderson has gone 6-1-1 with a .923 save percentage in the month of March and is in line to get the start for the Sens tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Ottawa Senators as 118 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.6-2 victory for the Penguins. 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

The Ottawa Senators currently sport a record of 40-24-8. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 46-17-9. Betting totals have seen the Senators post a 28-41-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Penguins have gone 42-26-4 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ottawa vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Ottawa Senators sit at No. 11 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pittsburgh Penguins sit at a No. 10 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Ottawa Senators No. 19-ranked offense (2.65 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.76 goals per game allowed. The Senators powerplay has clicked at a 17.7% rate while the Penguins have a 80.51% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Sabres. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -185 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Ottawa was a 3-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Bruins. They won as +162 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Ottawa's last 21 games
  • Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to New York, Friday, March 24th
Ottawa at Montreal, Saturday, March 25th