Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 20, 2022

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the last month and a half, compiling a 13-2-0 record since Dec. 4.

Ottawa
33-42-5-2
AT
January 20, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
PPG PAINTS Arena
Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
Puckline +1.5 +115
Moneyline +265
Over / Under o +6.5

15%

Betting Action

85%

Puckline -1.5 -138
Moneyline -323
Over / Under u +6.5

15%

Betting Action

85%

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to climb the Metropolitan Division standings as they get set to host an Ottawa Senators team that sits tied for second-last in the entire NHL.  The Pens are coming off a 5-3 win in Vegas on Monday, while the Sens fell 3-1 to Buffalo at home on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh is a -253 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Senators vs. Penguins NHL Betting Odds

Ottawa got the best of the Penguins with a 6-3 home win on Nov. 13.  It was the fourth straight game between these teams to hit the Over.  Just under 90 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are liking Pittsburgh to take this one, while about 75 per cent of action is taking the Over.

The Senators haven’t fared well in the Steel City, losing in their last eight trips to Pittsburgh.  They’re an even 16-16 against the spread this season, including 10-7 ATS on the road.  Low scoring games have been a trend, with the total going Under in four of Ottawa’s last six games.

Pittsburgh has been on a heater lately.  The Pens are 13-2 straight up over their last 15 games, including 5-0 SU in their last five home games.  They’re 19-19 ATS overall and 7-10 ATS at home.  The total has gone Over in four of the Penguins’ last six games against Eastern Conference opponents.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa’s two-game win streak was halted on Tuesday.  Drake Batherson‘s power play goal in the second period was the only one of the Senators’ 44 shots to find the back of the net.  Anton Forsberg turned aside 29 of 31 shots in the loss.  Batherson’s strong play this season has earned him his first career All-Star nod.  He’s averaging over a point per game, putting up 11 goals and 20 assists in 27 games.  Josh Norris leads the team with 16 goals.  The power play has been one of the few strengths for the Senators.  They’re converting 20 per cent of the time with the extra man, ranking 15th in the league.  Ottawa has struggled defensively, however.  They rank 28th in goals-against, giving up an average of 3.59 per night.

Matt Murray is travelling with the team but he won’t play as he is dealing with a non-COVID illness that kept him from starting against Buffalo.  Forsberg will get the nod again on Thursday.  He’s 6-6-1 this season with a 3.07 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.  Forsberg is trending up lately, allowing two goals or fewer in six of his last eight starts and going 5-2-1 during that span.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens erased a 3-0 first period deficit in Vegas on Monday, scoring five unanswered goals over the second and third periods.  Jason Zucker led the way with two goals, while Teddy Blueger, Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby also scored.  Tristan Jarry stopped 23 of 26 shots.  Guentzel has been a big part of Pittsburgh’s resurgence this season as he leads the team in both goals (20) and points (38).  After missing the first few months of the campaign because of offseason knee surgery, Evgeni Malkin looks like he’s back up to speed and has picked up four points (2G, 2A) in four games.

Jarry will get the start in net again on Thursday.  He’s compiled a 19-7-4 record and among goalies with at least five games played this season, he sits fourth in GAA (2.08), fifth in SV (.928) and tied for third in shutouts (3).  Jarry has been particularly tough to beat at home, where he has posted a .932 SV.

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