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Ottawa seeks to extend point streak to six games; Pittsburgh goes for third straight win

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (16-18-5) at PENGUINS (23-11-4)



The Game

Tristan Jarry is expected to go for his sixth consecutive victory when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Jarry has won his past five starts. He is 7-1-0 in his past eight starts and 11-2-0 in his past 13 games (12 starts), and he has allowed no more than two goals in 13 of 17 appearances (15 starts) this season.

Pittsburgh has won its past two games, six of its past seven and nine of 11.

The Senators are 2-0-3 during a five-game point streak and 5-2-4 in their past 11 games. Four of their past five games, and six of their past eight, have been decided in overtime or a shootout.


Players to watch

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in his past 12 games. He's been held to one assist in four games against the Penguins during his career.

Penguins forward Bryan Rust has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games, including two goals and two assists against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.


They said it

"We have to find a way to have the puck more. You can't spend the whole game in your zone." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"We know how to play good hockey. Tonight's going to be a tough matchup against a team that's really hungry, young and plays with a lot of energy." -- Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Tyler Ennis -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Nick Paul -- J.C. Beaudin -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Cody Goloubef

Mark Borowiecki -- Erik Brannstrom

Andreas Englund -- Christian Jaros

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker

Injured : Dylan DeMelo (finger), Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Ron Hainsey (lower body)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Alex Galchenyuk

Dominik Simon -- Joseph Blandisi -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Kevin Czuczman, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Justin Schultz (lower body)


Status report

The Senators did not hold a morning skate after losing 4-3 in overtime to the New Jersey Devils at home on Sunday. ... Blandisi is expected to center the third line, with Lafferty as a healthy scratch.


Stat pack

The Senators are 2-11-1 at PPG Paints Arena since it opened for the 2010-11 season. ... Guentzel needs three goals to reach 100 in the NHL and three points for 200. Malkin has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past eight games.

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