Game 56 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins on 3 February 2014.
The Ottawa Senators start a tough week with a game against Captain Douchebag and the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight. The Penguins are a very impressive 22-4-0 at home and 15-1-0 in the last 16 at home. The Senators did rout them 5-0 in their meeting in Ottawa in December, so there is that at least.
Here are the lines from Sylvain St-Laurent and Craig Anderson will start in net again.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Greening - Smith - Neil
Conacher - Da Costa - Condra
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Gryba
Wiercioch - Ceci
Some notes for tonight:
- Saturday was the fifth time Craig Anderson has allowed five or more goals. He has bounced back with a save percentage of 89.2% in the four previous games following those games. He has been better in the 15 (!!!) previous times that he has allowed four or more goals, posting a save percentage of 91.0%. On the other hand, he did shutout Pittsburgh last time.
- Chris Phillips is out again. He will also not play in St. Louis tomorrow. He has not really been missed.
- Sidney Crosby is "only" a point per game in 25 games against Ottawa, which is a lot lower than he is against other teams. Erik Karlsson has been very good against him recently.
- The Senators are likely going to have to score quite a bit to keep up tonight. The Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza line cannot be shutout again for Ottawa to win.
- The Senators can move into a tie on points for the last playoff spot with a win and either a Columbus or Detroit regulation loss.
Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.
|Goals||Bobby Ryan||20||Sidney Crosby||27|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||38||Sidney Crosby||48|
|Points||Erik Karlsson||51||Sidney Crosby||75|
|Shots||Erik Karlsson||171||Sidney Crosby||176|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||27:18||Paul Martin||24:24|
|Corsi Close %||51.7%||10th||50.1%||15th|
|Fenwick Close %||50.5%||15th||51.7%||11th|