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Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins, February 2nd 2016
NHL Starting Goalies
- Ottawa Senators -> Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson stopped 19 of 22 shots in last Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The 34-year-old has dropped two of his last three contests. Anderson has a 20-15-4 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage this season.
- Pittsburgh Penguins -> Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all 25 shots he faced in a 2-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils. Fleury was perfect against the Devils, making 11 of his 25 stops in the first period alone. Last Tuesday night’s contest marks Fleury’s fourth consecutive win and sixth win in his last 10 starts (6-1-3). The 31-year-old brings his record to 19-11-5 to go along with a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage.
Senators vs Penguins Preview
- Sidney Crosby: points in 7 straight (5g, 5a), goals in 3 straight
- Kris Letang: points in 27 of last 29 games (5g, 24a)
- Patric Hornqvist: 14 points (4g, 10a) in last 12 games
- Phil Kessel: 9 points (4g, 5a) in last 9 games
- Evgeni Malkin: 8 points (4g, 4a) in last 6 games
Defensively Pittsburgh comes into this game ranking 10th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.4 goals per game. Their defense is pretty solid for once and their goaltending is phenomenal as we all know. In the penalty killing department they rank 7th overall.
Ottawa ranks above Pittsburgh in scoring, 9th overall potting 2.7 goals per game. However, remember that the Pens have struggled on offense up until 2 weeks ago. The Sens convert on 18% of their power play chances, which ranks 15th.
At the defensive side of the barn they Sens are allowing 3.0 goals per game, ranking 29th overall in the league. They also rank dead last in the league in the penalty killing department, allowing teams to convert on 24.7% of their chances
Money Line Odds
- Ottawa: (+155)
- Pittsburgh: (-175)
Game Total Odds
- Over 5.5 (+100)
- Under 5.5 (-120)
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Pick 2/2/16
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