The Pittsburgh Penguins (3-4-0) take on the Ottawa Senators (3-4-0) at PPG Paints Arena trying to build off a statement win Thursday, when they ended a three-game losing streak and handed the Colorado Avalanche its first loss. This will be the third game of a four-game homestand. The Senators might have the same record as the Penguins, but they don’t have the momentum, having lost three straight.
Penguins Game Time:
The Penguins game starts a bit after 7 p.m.
How to Watch the Penguins Game:
TV: SportsNet Pittsburgh (also part of the Hockey Night in Canada lineup on SportsNet up north).
Radio: 105.9 The X
The Penguins will be looking to build off a statement win on Thursday, when they handed the Colorado Avalanche its first loss and played a complete game that coach Mike Sullivan called “one of the best games we’ve played all year from a structure standpoint.”
They will be looking for another good start – they have allowed two goals total in the first period through seven games.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry is 2-3, with both of his wins coming by shutout. He made 31 saves Thursday in the 4-0 win against Colorado. He is 3-1-0 in his career against the Senators. Reilly Smith scored twice against the Avalanche, giving him six points in seven games.
Center Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins with nine points, and winger Bryan Rust leads with five goals.
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Ottawa on Thursday came back from a two-goal deficit to pull into a tie with the New York Islanders, only to fall 3-2.
Adding injury to insult, defenseman Erik Brannstrom was taken off on a stretcher in that game after a hit from Cal Clutterbuck, and top-pairing defenseman Thomas Chabot sustained a broken right hand and went on the IR on Friday. They join defenseman Artem Zub, who has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury. Ottawa has recalled defensemen Tyler Kleven and Nikolas Matinpalo from Belleville of the AHL.
Winger Vladimir Tarasenko and center Tim Stutzle share the Senators lead with eight points each.
Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Reilly Smith-Evgeni Malkin-Rickard Rickell
Drew O’Connor-Lars Eller-Radim Zohorna
Matt Nieto-Noel Acciara-Jeff Carter
Ryan Graves-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-Erik Karlsson
Ryan Shea-Chad Ruhwedel
Expected Ottawa Senators Lines
Brady Tkachuk-Tim Stutzie-Claude Giroux
Drake Batherson-Josh Norris-Vladimir Tarasenko
Dominik Kubalik-Ridly Grieg-Mathieu Joseph
Parker Kelly-Rourke Chartier-Mark Kastelic
Jake Sanderson-Travis Hamonic
Jakob Chychrun-Jacob Bernard-Docker
Tyler Kleven-Nikolas Matinpalo
Penguins special teams
Penguins power play: 11.1%, tied for 28th
Penguins penalty kill: 86.4%, 9th
Senators power play: 20%, 15th
Senators penalty kill: 74.1%, 25th
Penguins Game Notes
The Penguins are 9-3-3 in their past 15 meetings with Ottawa and 11-1-0 in the teams’ past 12 games in Pittsburgh.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, with 965 assists, is one shy of tying Hall of Famer Mark Recchi for 15th most in NHL history.
Jake Guentzel, Crosby’s left winger, is two goals shy of 200.
Penguins winger Matt Nieto is one point shy of 200.
Penguins defenseman P.O Joseph probably will miss a chance to play against his brother, Ottawa winger Mathieu, as P.O has been a healthy scratch the past three games.
Penguins Odds & Predictions:
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If the Penguins can build off their big win over Colorado, they can take advantage of an Ottawa team that not only is still looking for its signature win, but also is injury-riddled on defense.