NHL Picks Penguins vs. Senators +120

Ross Benjamin

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:06 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 2:06 PM GMT

The Senators host the Penguins on Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with the opening puck drop at 7:35 ET. Let's take a look to see where the NHL pick is for this one.

According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -140 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Penguins have defeated the Senators in 7 of their last 8 meetings. These teams have seen 14 of their last 20 head-to-head clashes go over the total. Pittsburgh is atop of the Metropolitan Division 13-points ahead of the 2nd place Washington Capitals, and they’re 1st overall in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa is 6th in the Atlantic Division, and they’re 11th overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Wins Just Keep on Coming

The Penguins enter tonight’s game riding a 7-game winning streak, and have been winners in 12 of their last 13 overall. Pittsburgh has scored 3-goals or more in 15 of their last 18-games, and they’re 5th in the NHL averaging 3.1 goals per game. The Penguins power play has converted on a sizzling 26.2% of their power play chances this season, which is the best in the NHL. It’s no shocker that the Penguins Sidney Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 54-points through Pittsburgh’s first 38-games. His teammate Evgeni Malkin is 5th in scoring with 41-points despite being out the lineup in the last 4-games sidelined by a leg injury. This will be the first of a 4-game in 8-day road trip for the Penguins.

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Out of Excuses

The Ottawa Senators organization and coaching staff has attempted to give their struggling club every excuse possible for their slow start to the season. All that propaganda is getting old and stale. It’s now time to put up or shut up for the Senators. They enter tonight on a 3-game losing streak, and have lost 13 of the last 19 overall. Their shoddy defensive play and shaky goaltending continues to be a major problem. The Senators are allowing an average of 3.2 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL, and are allowing an average of 34.2 shots on goal against which also ranks 28th. They’ve gone over the total set by sportsbooks in their last 3, and 14 of the last 19-games.

NHL Betting System

Any home team that comes off a loss in their previous game, versus an opponent coming off 7 or more wins in a row, has gone 21-7 (75%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. We feel confident in the statistics and will be adding Ottawa to our NHL picks.

Free Pick: Ottawa +120 over Pittsburgh

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