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Game 17 Preview, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators

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The defending champs come to town

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been almost a week, again, but the Senators are back on North American ice to host the Penguins.

The Sens come into this one riding high after the sweep of the Avs in Sweden, while the Penguins are coming off a bit of a messy win over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Dzingel-Duchene-Ryan
Hoffman-Brassard-Stone
Pyatt-Pageau-DiDomenico
Wideman-Thompson-Burrows

Claesson-Karlsson
Phaneuf-Ceci
Oduya-Borowiecki

Anderson (Starter)
Condon

Here are some notes for tonight:

  • The big question of how the team will be impacted by the Sweden trip is how they handle their first game back. They’ve had time to adjust, but will it be enough?
  • Home debut of Matt Duchene! Still technically looking for his first point as a Senator, but Hoffman’s winner in the last game doesn’t happen without him
  • Bobby Ryan and Mark Borowiecki return to the lineup tonight
  • Looks like Chris Wideman is moving up to the wing again tonight. He did well in that role on Saturday, but still not entirely sure what to make of it
  • Nick Paul was recalled this morning, but it sounds like it was to be an insurance bench warmer
  • With the D pairings for tonight, I’ve also heard it will be Oduya-Phaneuf and Ceci-Boro. Colin may get his wish
  • The PP unit of Karlsson, Hoffman, Brassard, Duchene, and Stone did really, really well in Sweden. A very high rate of shot attempts, way more than this (or any) team’s average and many of them dangerous and a pair of goals for their efforts. We’ll see how much of that they can maintain against not-Colorado
  • Good news - Sidney Crosby broke his goal drought on Tuesday, so we don’t need to pencil him in for an automatic goal tonight!
  • The Penguins have allowed 4+ goals in four of their last five, only holding the league’s lowest scoring team to less than that

Here are some stats tonight from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.21 9th 2.73 23rd
Goals against/GP 3.05 19th 3.18 23rd
Shots/GP 30.9 18th 29.3 28th
Shots against/GP 29.7 4th 32.8 24th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 48.15 22nd 47.48 25th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 50.29 14th 46.20 28th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 27 Brad Marchand 34
Assists Erik Karlsson (out) 53 Brad Marchand 51
Points Karlsson/Stone (both out) 62 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 253 David Pastrnak 236
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson (out) 26:44 Zdeno Chara 22:53