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The Penguins host the Senators on Sunday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the opening face-off slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Pittsburgh is a -170 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Pittsburgh has won 8 of the last 10 meetings between these teams, including the last 5 played at the Consol Energy Center.
Too Late for Senators
The Ottawa Senators come off a 1-0 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. The win was the 4th in a row, and 7th in the last 8-games for the Senators. Even with the late season surge it wasn’t good enough to capture a playoff spot. The Senators can reflect on 14 overtime losses this season as to a major contributor in regards to missing the playoffs. Ottawa enters tonight having allowed 2-goals or less in their last 4, and 6 of the last 7-games. They’ve gone under the total in the last 4, and 6 of the last 7 as a result of their recent stingy defensive play. Craig Anderson made 28 saves in the win over Toronto last night to earn his 4th shutout of the season.
Playoffs Begin Already
The Pittsburgh Penguins are chomping at the bit right now to get the playoffs started. This is as healthy a lineup as they’ve had in the last couple of months, and this last week has entailed meaningless games in regards to their playoff positioning. Pittsburgh will enter the postseason as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will either face Philadelphia, Columbus, or Detroit in the first round. The Penguins brass is probably quietly hoping it won’t be the Flyers. Pittsburgh was a 4-3 overtime loser at home to Philadelphia yesterday afternoon. The Flyers have now defeated the Penguins in 11 of the last 14 meetings, including winning 4 of 5 this season.
Any money line road underdog of +100 to +200 playing in the 2nd half of the season, that converts on 17.5% or better of their power play chances, and they’ve had 30 shots or more on goal in each of their last 5-games, has gone 30-15 (66.7%) during the last 5 seasons. Bet Senators over Penguins for NHL picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Ottawa +150 over Pittsburgh