If you think the Pittsburgh Penguins are scary now, just wait until they get their power-play back in order. The Penguins look to continue their red-hot play – and re-ignite their elite PP unit – as they welcome the rebuilding Ottawa Senators to PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night. A 12-4-1 run since the start of 2018 has the Penguins thinking division title, while the lowly Senators have turned their attention to the upcoming trade deadline.
Senators vs. Penguins Betting Analysis
The Penguins are overwhelming favourites for this one, with 19 points separating the teams in the standings and Pittsburgh enjoying the home-ice advantage. That edge might be the bigger factor here, with the Pens having won 54 of their past 72 games in their own building. The Senators have been positively dreadful outside Ottawa, winning just seven of their past 29 road games and five of their previous 21 head-to-head encounters in Pittsburgh.
Both teams are looking like strong over plays going into Tuesday’s matchup. The Senators have gone above the total in four of their past five games, and have posted 12 overs in their past 17 games against teams with winning records. The Penguins have surpassed the total in each of their previous four home games, and are 5-2-0 O/U in their last seven overall. But the teams have combined to go below the total six times with two pushes in their last 10 meetings.
Who will stay? Who will go? Those are the only two questions that really matter to Senators fans these days, with just two weeks left before the trade deadline. That said, Ottawa has won four of six games; Craig Anderson was in goal for three of those victories but was pulled in his most recent start after giving up three goals on 10 shots in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anderson’s .902 save percentage is his lowest since the 2005-06 season.
With three 60-point scorers in their midst, it should only be a matter of time before the Penguins break out of their slump with the man advantage. Pittsburgh enters the night with the NHL’s top power-play conversion rate at 26.3 percent, but has come up empty in four consecutive games, going 0-for-10 since scoring three man-advantage goals in a 7-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Feb. 2. The Pens are 19-12-1 SU in games when they convert on the power play.