NHL Odds, Preview & Prediction: Penguins vs. Senators (Feb. 10)
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- The Penguins take on the Senators in Thursday night NHL action.
- Pittsburgh enters as a heavy favorite, but updated odds have been moving toward Ottawa.
- Check out Jonny Lazarus' top bet for Thursday's matchup below.
Penguins vs. Senators Odds
|Over/Under||6 (-125 / +105)|
|Time||7 p.m. ET|
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Both of these teams are coming off of very strong performances, especially the Senators, who won on back-to-back nights.
Ottawa defeated the Devils 4-1 on Monday night and then beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on home ice on Tuesday.
Penguins Elite Offensively
The Pittsburgh Penguins had lost four straight games before the All-Star break after being the hottest team in the league, but they got off to the right foot in their first game of the second half on Tuesday night in Boston.
Sidney Crosby will be looking for his 500th career goal tonight after he scored his 499th against the Bruins the other night. Crosby has put together yet another excellent season, but he is not leading this team in scoring.
Jake Guentzel has really emerged as an elite goal scorer. He had two assists in Boston and is leading the way with 48 points in 41 games. As a team, the Penguins have the ninth-best offense as they are averaging 3.32 goals per game and generating the sixth-most shots with 34.4 per contest.
The Penguins have also gotten incredible goaltending from Tristan Jarry, who is 24-8-6 with a .925 save percentage and a +15.0 Goals Saved Above Expected. The Penguins have the advantage in net tonight.
Senators Show Fight
The Ottawa Senators are no team to sleep on. They might be young, but they come in and compete every single night. The pesky Sens have looked good in their first two games following the break.
Former Penguin Matt Murray is expected to get the start against his old team. Murray had a very strong performance on Monday night when he stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils.
Murray has had a decent season, but he is 5-6-2 with a .914 save percentage and a 5.7 GSAx. The last time these two teams met was in Pittsburgh on January 20th when the Senators lost 6-4, but Murray was not in the net.
Ottawa is going to need guys to step up offensively if it wants any chance to win. Brady Tkachuk is coming off of a two-goal performance and he is second on the team in points, behind Drake Batherson who will not be playing due to injury.
Ottawa isn’t the best team offensively, but yas shown as of late that it can keep up.
I like the way Ottawa has looked to start the second half, but the Senators are due for some regression as they currently have a 2.7 Expected Goals For per 60 minutes. This offensive production is not very sustainable.
The Penguins are a tough opponent for Ottawa due to all of their offensive weapons that can take over a game on any given night. The Pens have a 3.09 xGF and they generate 12.28 high-danger chances per contest.
The Penguins have the edge offensively and in net and should have no problem taking care of the Senators in 60 minutes tonight.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins to win in regulation -130