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Game 43 Preview + Open Thread: Penguins @ Senators

The incredibly busy week for the Ottawa Senators continues tonight as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will meet for the third time this season tonight, with each team claiming a victory. The two teams have average 9.5 goals per game in their two meetings, as Ottawa beat Pittsburgh 6-3 on November 13th while Pittsburgh took two points on January 20th in a 6-4 win.

For the Senators, they’ll be playing their third game in four days since the All Star Break concluded this past weekend. Both clubs have been playing strong hockey as of late, as the Pens come into this one with a 6-1-3 record in their last ten compared to Ottawa’s 5-3-2 record in the same span.

According to morning skate, the lines look unchanged from Ottawa’s 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. As expected, the Sens are expected to start Matt Murray tonight against his former team.

Game Notes

  • Matt Murray gets the start tonight against his former friends, now enemies. The Sens are 5-0-2 in Murray’s last seven starts. The goaltender has looked like a brand new player for Ottawa since the calendar turned to 2022 and the Sens will need him to continue that strong play tonight against a very good Pittsburgh Penguins squad.
  • Brady Tkachuk finally broke his goalless streak with a pair against Carolina on Tuesday and he has give points in his last five games. With Drake Batherson and Josh Norris still out, the captain will need to continue this production to help his team bring home another two points.
  • The new look second line has been on fire since Connor Brown returned from injury with Brown (1G, 2A), Alex Formenton (1G, 1A) and Nick Paul (1G, 2A) all contributing multiple points each in their two games together this week.
  • Sidney Crosby currently sits at 499 goals. Earlier this season, Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th against the Senators so one can only expect...

Team Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.71 26th 2.57 29th
Goals Against/GP 3.23 23rd 3.47 24th
Shots/GP 30.3 20th 28.8 31st
Shots Against/GP 33.2 25th 29.1 5th
Powerplay % 19.7 21st 14.3 29th
Penalty Kill % 80.5 13th 75.1 26th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.91 21st 49.03 19th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 47.10 24th 47.34 23rd

Player Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 33 Jared McCann 25
Assists Tim Stützle 32 Yanni Gourde 26
Points Brady Tkachuk 59 Jared McCann, Yanni Gourde (tied) 43
Shots Brady Tkachuk 261 Jared McCann 174
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot (inj.) 26:23 Adam Larsson 22:10