NHL Picks: Senators vs. Penguins

David Lawrence

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to get things on track with a five-game winning streak but they’ve since lost two in a row. How do we lean against the odds for our NHL picks in this one.

Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh Picks 

Pittsburgh's last two losses came to New Jersey and the Pens will have a chance to get back in the win column on Wednesday when the Ottawa Senators visit. Which side will beat the NHL odds that have been set forth by the bookies and make their backers happy?

Record: 36-45 (-876) 

The Ottawa Senators can win because…

The Penguins are not a good home team. On the season, Pittsburgh is just 2-3-0 at home compared to 6-2-0 on the road. The Pens have losses to the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs at home, so that should give you some pause before laying juice with them in this spot.

The Senators have played Pittsburgh pretty tough recently. Although they lost the first meeting of the season between the teams (2-1 via shootout), they’ve actually won the three meetings before that.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can win because…

Ottawa is in a big funk. The Sens haven’t been the same since Jason Spezza was lost to injury and that’s evidenced by their muted offense. Prior to Tuesday’s game in Buffalo, the Sabres had scored just seven goals in their previous five games while losing four of them.

Overall, the Sens have lost three straight on the road while scoring just five goals in the process. Considering they are in a back-to-back situation after duking it out with Buffalo on Tuesday, they are in a tough spot to notch a win on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

[gameodds]7/218370/43/us[/gameodds]

Outlook & Pick

The Pens are probably the better play on the side here. They’ve played well recently save for the back-to-back losses to New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Sens are still trying to adjust to life without Spezza and they are on short rest. The Pens and the under are the two plays in this game to add to your Wednesday's NHL picks.

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