Game 29 Hub: Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

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Game 29 Hub: Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins
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Maybe we should've seen this run of poor play coming. The Ottawa Senators couldn't hack it against the Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, and New York Islanders, so it follows that they'd lose six in a row against even better hockey teams.

But, did they have to instill a sense of false hope by securing two-goal leads in four of those games? The suffering of Sens fandom is unending.

Now back at the CTC, which has not exactly been granting a home-ice advantage lately, they look to avoid a seventh straight loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here's how Jacques Martin (doesn't that still feel strange to say?) is expected to line them up:

Projected Lines Article

Game Notes:

  • Brady Tkachuk encapsulates the 2024 Ottawa Senators better than anybody else. Fantastic at finishing on 5-on-5 chances, and yet a -5 rating overall. He, like most of the team, seemingly has lost some of his edge in recent weeks. Opponents are getting into his head more often than the opposite which is concerning. Ridly Greig and Angus Crookshank play that in-your-face style (mostly) very effectively, can they continue to pick up the slack?
  • One incentive for fans to attend a Senators game tonight? Erik Karlsson! The most talented Senator ever until proven otherwise, Karlsson has 22 points in 31 games with a +9 rating this season.
  • Let's see, what else can I add here...the power-play has been bad, the penalty kill makes the power-play look good, and the apparently not an issue at all. Look, things are a bit grim.
  • Fans of Erik Karlsson, or masochism, or maybe still holding out hope, should tune in to City TV, Sportsnet 360, or TSN 1200 at 7:00 pm EST.


Game 29 Senators Penguins
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 14 Sidney Crosby 19
Assists Tim Stützle 25 Jake Guentzel 21
Points Tim Stützle 31 Jake Guentzel 35
Shots Brady Tkachuk 133 Sidney Crosby 118
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 24:23 Erik Karlsson 24:42
Game 29 Senators Penguins
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.36 12th 2.81 26th
Goals Against/GP 3.54 28th 2.71 7th
Shots/GP 32.8 7th 32.9 6th
Shots Against/GP 30.5 15th 31.1 19th
Powerplay % 18.3 20th 13..7 27th
Penalty Kill % 70.2 32th 82.0 12th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 48.82 22nd 52.18 8th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 47.40 24th 51.83 11th

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