Penguins vs. Senators Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Nov 17, 2018

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Nobody could have predicted how the Pittsburgh Penguins have been through the first 17 games of the NHL season. At 7-7-3, they own the worst record in the Eastern Conference right now.

Pittsburgh
44-26-9-3
AT
November 17, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
29-47-5-1
Puckline -1.5 +160
Moneyline -140
Over / Under o +6

63%

Betting Action

37%

Puckline +1.5 -185
Moneyline +125
Over / Under u +6

63%

Betting Action

37%

The Penguins will attempt to get their season on track when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Pittsburgh has actually been better on the road than they have been at home this season so Evgeni Malkin and company will be hoping they can continue that trend this weekend.

Ottawa has actually played its best hockey on home ice this year with a 6-3-2 record. The Senators have alternated between wins and losses over their last six games dating back to November 4th. Now they will try to buck that trend as they try to pick up their second win in a row when they host the Penguins. Here is a closer look at the matchup.

Penguins vs Senators Betting Analysis

Pittsburgh is just 1-6-1 over its last eight games dating back to October 30th. The Penguins are 6-11 on the puck line this season, including a 4-4 PL mark on the road. Pittsburgh has actually been pretty good as the visiting team this season with a 4-2-2 record on the road so far.

Ottawa will be looking to build on an excellent start at home where they are 6-3-2 so far this season. The Senators are 10-9 on the puck line, including a 7-4 PL record on home ice. This will be the first of three meetings between these teams.

Pittsburgh Penguins

In addition to their slow start, the Penguins are also dealing with a major injury with the loss of captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby is expected to miss at least a week with an upper-body injury, which means he won’t be available against Ottawa. That will put even more pressure on the shoulders of Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and company. It would certainly help if Pittsburgh could get better goaltending as well. Matt Murray has allowed four goals or more in three straight starts. Casey DeSmith has been pretty good overall but he gave up three goals in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in his last start. Until they start getting better goaltending, the Penguins will continue to struggle.

Pittsburgh should be able to score some goals even without Crosby in the lineup on Saturday night. However, poor goaltending will make this another difficult contest on the road.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators have run hot and cold all season, including a 3-3 record over the past couple of weeks. Mark Stone and Matt Duchene have led the way up front with 11 and nine points respectively over the last two weeks. Ottawa’s depth is also helping pick up the slack including rookie Drake Batherson, who score in his NHL debut in a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Craig Anderson is 8-5-3 this season despite a 3.53 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. The Senators have won in spite of Anderson’s inconsistent play so far this season. However, he will need to be better if they are going to contend for a playoff spot. If Anderson could at least slow down the Penguins again on Saturday night then Ottawa will have a very good chance to win this game. However, if he doesn’t then it will be difficult for them to hold off Pittsburgh on home ice. There is some pretty good value betting on the Senators to win this contest. It might be worth it to take a chance on Ottawa to win against the struggling Penguins on Saturday night.

Penguins vs. Senators Prediction

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