SENATORS (19-26-5) at PENGUINS (27-17-6)
7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV
Evgeni Malkin will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Florida Panther at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.
Malkin is day to day because of an upper-body injury, and also will not play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
The Penguins could have forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann in the lineup. They were acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers for forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and two fourth-round picks in the 2019 draft.
The Penguins won 4-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday but are 2-4-0 in six games since winning 10 of their previous 11 (10-1-0).
The Senators have lost two straight after winning four of their previous five (4-1-0). It's Ottawa's first game since its mandatory five-day break after the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.
Ottawa won its first two games against Pittsburgh this season, outscoring the Penguins 8-5 in two wins at Canadian Tire Centre.
Players to watch
Senators forward Matt Duchene has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has 108 goals, one from passing Paul Coffey for most all-time by a Penguins defenseman.
They said it
"I think the first five, 10 minutes are going to be crucial for us to just simplify as best as we can and just kind of weather the storm." -- Senators forward Mark Stone
"I think the good teams are the ones that are able to [perform well] consistently. If we want to be consistent, that's the kind of effort we're going to need every night." -- Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Senators projected lineup
Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan
Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Mark Stone
Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Magnus Paajarvi
Nick Paul -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker
Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie -- Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki -- Christian Jaros
Injured: Mike Condon (hip), Ben Harpur (upper body)
Penguins projected lineup
Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon
Bryan Rust -- Nick Bjugstad -- Phil Kessel
Tanner Pearson -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist
Matt Cullen -- Teddy Blueger -- Garrett Wilson
Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Olli Maatta -- Juuso Riikola
Marcus Pettersson -- Jack Johnson
Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel
Injured: Justin Schultz (left leg fracture), Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Evgeni Malkin (upper body)
White is expected to play after missing five games with a shoulder injury. ... With Bjugstad and McCann playing, Ruhwedel will be scratched.
Stone needs one point for 300 in the NHL. ... Guentzel has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past 11 games