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Penguins at Senators preview

Pittsburgh, Ottawa play for first time since Game 7 of 2017 Eastern Conference Final

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (10-7-3) at SENATORS (8-3-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will play at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday. It's their first game since the Penguins won in double overtime in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final.

Forward Matt Duchene will make his home debut with the Senators. Ottawa acquired Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5 in a three-team trade that sent center Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators. His first two games for the Senators were against the Avalanche during the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 10-11.

The Penguins won 5-4 in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, their first victory in three games. It included center Sidney Crosby scoring a goal for the first time in 12 games. He also had an assist.

 

Players to watch

Penguins forward Phil Kessel has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) during a seven-game point streak.

 

They said it

"If you take a couple of games out of the overall body of work, the numbers tell a whole different story." -- Coach Mike Sullivan on the Penguins allowing 3.55 goals per game, 28th in the NHL

"You want to get that monkey off your back." -- Forward Matt Duchene, who is looking for his first point with the Senators

 

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Conor Sheary -- Riley Sheahan -- Patric Hornqvist

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves

Olli Maatta -- Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin -- Chad Ruhwedel

Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Frank Corrado, Josh Archibald

Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Christopher DiDomenico

Alexandre Burrows -- Nate Thompson -- Chris Wideman

Johnny Oduya -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Fredrik Claesson

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Nick Paul

Injured: Zack Smith (thumb)

 

Status report

Ryan returns to the lineup after missing eight games because of a fractured finger. Borowiecki missed five games with a personal health issue.

 

Stat pack

Malkin has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games. … Stone has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past four games.

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