Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/30/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Monday, December 30, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+205) Penguins (-230)
PPG Paints Arena is the venue where Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-11-4, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Ottawa Senators (16-18-4, 7th in the Atlantic Division) on Monday. The line on this contest has the Senators priced at +205 and the Penguins are at -230. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Senators are covering 42.1% of the time, having gone 16-22 SU. Pittsburgh is covering 57.1% of the time, going 20-15 straight up.
The Ottawa Senators head into this game holding a record of 16 victories and 18 defeats, which is good for 7th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 106 goals which has them sitting at 12th in the East and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is -15, which is good for 26th in the league. The Senators have a total of 36 pts, which has them sitting at 27th in the league and 14th in the East. When looking at shots on goal, they have a total of 1,142 which has them sitting at 12th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the league. As a team, Ottawa has a total of 953 hits which has them averaging 25.1 per game. They have a total of 493 blocks for the year. The goalie for Ottawa is Craig Anderson from Ruse, Bulgaria. He is 38 years old and has been on the ice a total of 897 minutes minding the goal for the season. Anderson is surrendering 2.88 goals against average which places him at 15th in the East and 30th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 43 goals. He's earned a save % of .909 which places him at 15th in the East.
The Ottawa Senators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in their last contest. The Senators played like an average offensive team in the victory. For this outing, they converted 3 of the 29 shots they tried. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Ottawa racked up 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Senators was 47 and the Corsi against was 71 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 39.8%. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick against was 53, telling us they have a rate of 36.9%. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 41.7% and they had a PDO of 109.6 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Buffalo Sabres put up 44 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Penguins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 23 wins and 11 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league with +27. They have a total of 129 goals for this season which ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has a team save percentage of .909 which has them sitting 10th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.2% which is good for 7th in the East. In net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having a good year by giving up only 1.87 goals against average and that has him ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 962 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has allowed 30 goals. He holds a save percentage of .939, which ranks him 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins squared up with the Nashville Predators in an outing where the Penguins earned a victory by a tally of 6 - 4. For this outing, Pittsburgh went home with a 38.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 40 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 65. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 40.5% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Predators ending the game with a 50 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Pittsburgh had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 101.9 and they earned an oZS percentage of 51.2%. The Penguins converted 6 goals of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play attempts in this one and were able to notch 3 out of those tries. Concerning the opposition, the Predators had 2 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 48 shots on goal and the Predators had a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Ottawa (+205)
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