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Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/03/2020 NHL Preview, Picks and Betting Odds

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Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03-03-2020 NHL Preview Picks and Betting Odds

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/03/2020 – The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to wake up from their worst losing nightmare in eight years when they clash against the Ottawa Senators at home on Tuesday. The Penguins have been walloped by a 24-8 disparity during their six-game slide that is further marred by a pair of shutout losses. The Senators, on the flipside, posted back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly three months after defeating Vancouver and Detroit, respectively, inside their home ice. Tuesday’s tilt will be a different story when the Senators hit the road back riding five straight losses away from Ottawa which prompted the bookmakers to place them as vast underdogs at +235 to win. The Penguins are -290 favorites at home.

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/03/2020

When: Tuesday, March 03, 7:00 PM ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh

Stream: SofaScore

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/03/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Ottawa Senators +1.5 (+100) 6.5 o (-105) +235
Pittsburgh Penguins 1.5 (-120) 6.5 u (+100) -290
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Ottawa Senators

The Senators may have won their last two assignments but their position remains stuck near the basal part of the Eastern Conference. Moreover, they are woeful on the road with a 6-18-6 card made worse by the mentioned five consecutive losses in an unfamiliar land. Adjustments will be made with their goalie rotation after Marcus Hogberg asks to go on leave due to personal reasons. Craig Anderson is expected to fill the gap and help the Ottawa Senators snap their slide on the road. 

Players to watch: Connor Brown (GP 66, G 14, A 26, PTS 40) Anthony Duclair (GP 62, G 22, A 15, PTS 37), Brady Tkachuk (GP 66, G 18, A 21, PTS 39).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Captain Sidney Crosby took the blame for the Penguins’ current skid as he was quoted saying, “I put it on myself.” The Pittsburgh star himself was having a rough stretch that surely factored in the team’s odd struggles especially in the crucial stages of the season. “I have to step up in key situations. When you’re down like this and losing games, you need big plays and big performances. I haven’t done that. That’s on me,” he added. Facing the Senators, whom they have beaten eight consecutive times, will be the perfect time for the Penguins to reestablish their confidence given the advantage they have at home. 

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 36, G 13, A 28, PTS 41), Bryan Rust (GP 50, G 24, A 26, PTS 50), Evgeni Malkin (GP 50, G 21, A 42, PTS 63)

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

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Senators

Senators are 37-76 in their last 113 overall.
Ottawa is 17-35 in their last 52 Tuesday games.
Senators are 32-70 in their last 102 games as an underdog.
Over is 5-0 in Senators last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Over is 9-0 in Ottawa’s last 9 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 4-1 in Senators last 5 games playing on 2 days rest

Penguins

Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Pittsburgh is 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Penguins are 136-62 in their last 198 games as a home favorite.
Under is 4-0-1 in Penguins last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Over is 5-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.

Senators vs Penguins Betting Picks

The Penguins are too much of a match up for the Senators. The home team will not give an inch of competition as it snaps a six-game skid, and in the process extending its mastery over Ottawa to nine games in a row. 

Score Prediction: Senators 4, Penguins 2.