Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators 1/18/23 – NHL Pick & Prediction





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NHL action is set to take place on 1/18/23 and it will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators. The game is set to take place at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The game starts at 7:00 PM EST and is set to be aired on NHLPP and ESPN+.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming to the game here with an 22-15-6 record overall. On the road the Penguins are sitting on a 10-10-2 record. The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins took to the ice it ended up being a 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Penguins Offense

The Penguins come to the game here with 3.21 goals per game scored on 32.4 shots on goal per game. Pittsburgh is converting on the power play at a normal clip of 20.3% of the time with 31 power play goals and 4 short handed goals. The leader on the offense for Pittsburgh is Sidney Crosby. Crosby is the leader in all the major categories with 21 goals, 28 assists, but has a total of 49 points scored.

Penguins Defense

Defensively the Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed 3.02 goals per game while facing 33.4 shots on goal per game. The Penguins have killed off an impressive amount at 83.2% of the power plays faced and have allowed 23 power play goals, but have not allowed any short handed goals. Pittsburgh does have 323 penalty minutes. The goalie the Penguins have relied on most of the season is Tristan Jarry who has played in 25 games. Jarry has posted a 15-5-4 record and allowed only 2.75 goals per game, but saved 91.8% of the shots sent towards him.

The Ottawa Senators are coming to this game with a record of 19-21-3 overall. When playing at Canadian Tire Centre, though, the Senators have been playing so-so with a 11-10-1 record overall. The last game on the ice for Ottawa was a road loss against the Saint Louis Blues by a score of 2-1.

Senators Offense

The Senators have managed to get an impressive 33.3 shots now goal per game, but have ended up getting 2.91 goals per game. The power play for the Senators have managed to convert at a clip of 26.4% on the year with 42 power play goals, but the Senators have 4 short handed goals. The leader on the offense for Ottawa when it comes to scoring on the year for the goals is Tim Stutzle with 19 goals. Brady Tkachuk is coming in with 27 assists on the year, but also is the overall points leader for the Senators with a total of 42 points.

Senators Defense

Defensively the Ottawa Senators have allowed only 3.23 goals per game, while facing a total of 31.8 shots per game on goal. The Senators penalty kill has been fairly impressive killing off 82.2% of the power plays faced. Still, the Senators have allowed 26 power play goals on the year and have not allowed any short handed goals on the year. Ottawa has been penalized on the year with 440 penalty minutes served this year. Can Talbot and Anton Forsberg is coming in splitting the duties in the net. Talbot has managed to play in 25 games with a 10-12-1 record while allowing 2.86 goals per game while saving 90.6% of the shots. Forsberg is coming in with 22 games, but has an 8-9-2 record while allowing 3.25 goals per game while saving 90.2% of the shots.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators Odds: Penguins -152, Senators +123

Over/Under Odds: 7.5

Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -152, Under 7.5

Odds from Betonline.ag 

With this game here the Penguins are playing on the road and the Penguins are not that strong of a road team. However, the Penguins are facing the Senators who have been on a slippery slope lately and have not looked impressive. Not to mention the goalies for Ottawa have struggled quite a bit recently and that will make it easier for the Penguins offense. The one downside is the Penguins are relying heavily on Crosby who if he is not productive could impact the offense from Pittsburgh. Still, I do think this game will be one that the Penguins win, but I do not see the 7.5 goals being pushed to the over and the total should go under.

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