OTTAWA (19-26-5) AT PITTSBURGH (27-17-6)
Friday, 7 p.m., PPG Paints Arena, TSN5, TSN 1200 AM, One of a kind 94.5 FM
OTT: PP 20.3% (15th) PK 75.5% (29th)
PIT: PP 24.3% (10th) PK 82.8% (8th)
THE Major MATCHUP
Matt Duchene vs. Sidney Crosby
With the clock ticking toward the Feb. 25 trade deadline, there will be a whole lot of eyes on Duchene as the club starts the stretch operate. He was setting up to heat up with 3-3-6 details in Ottawa’s last a few online games ahead of the crack commenced. If Duchene does not indication listed here, he’ll get a prospect to aid a contender. Crosby, the MVP of the all-star video game, is generally a drive to be reckoned with and had a purpose in the club’s victory around Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
5 KEYS TO THE Recreation
1. Be completely ready for this return
Mentor Person Boucher declared ahead of the crack this will be a hard test. He is not kidding one bit. The Senators will be striving to shake off the rust and the Penguins have now played two online games coming into this one. Pittsburgh is coming off a 4-2 victory around the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night at house.
2. No harm problems
The Senators have centre Colin White again immediately after he missed five online games with a shoulder harm he experienced against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 10. White has had a stable year with 11-15-26 details in 44 online games. He’s had very good chemistry with Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk, so that should aid.
3. Go again to Anders Nilsson
The Senators may possibly go with goaltender Anders Nilsson, and that makes perception as Ottawa returns from the crack. Given the fact this is a again-to-again problem with a house video game against the Detroit Pink Wings on Saturday night, you can anticipate to see Craig Anderson at house.
4. Prevent the Penguins
Pittsburgh has not had a terrific year, but the club is however one of the greatest groups in the NHL. The Penguins knocked off the best-ranked Lightning, nevertheless Pittsburgh has absent through a rough patch with a 5-5- record in its last 10 online games. The Senators have a 2- record against the Penguins this year.
5. Make a force
The Senators are sitting down in the NHL’s basement as they return from the crack. This team does not want to finish in last put and Jean-Gabriel Pageau claims they are enthusiastic to have a robust finish. If which is going to happen, the Senators need to have to string some wins jointly and it has obtained to start now with 32 online games left.
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
Max Lajoie-Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki-Christian Jaros
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Dominik Simon
Bryan Rust-Evgeni Malkin-Phil Kessel
Tanner Pearson-Matt Cullen-Patric Hornqvist
Riley Sheahan-Teddy Blueger-Garrett Wilson
Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang
Olli Maatta-Juuso Riikola
Marcus Pettersson-Jack Johnson
PIT: Justin Schultz, Zach Aston-Reese, Derick Brassard
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