Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Ottawa Senators: GameDay 01-12-2017

By Larry Snyder

Another round of back to back matchups is in store for the Pittsburgh Penguins (26-9-5, 57 points) this evening as they face off against the Senators (21-14-4, 46 points) at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. You can watch every trip to the penalty box beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ROOT Sports.

Evgeni Malkin has played 40 games this season and owns 17 goals and 27 assists for a total of 44 points. The 30-year-old center is on pace to claim 90 points which would be his highest total since the 2011-2012 campaign.

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Ottawa has enjoyed a three-day break after their 5-3 victory at home Sunday over the Edmonton Oilers. Five different players each contributed a goal for the red, black, gold, and white while goalie Mike Condon had 35 saves.

Tonight is the second contest between these two Eastern Conference combatants. The first meeting was Monday, Dec. 5 at PPG Paints Arena with the Penguins outscoring the Senators 8-5. Right-wing Bryan Rust recorded a hat trick plus one assist for a total of four points against Ottawa.

All the puck watchers at LeftWingLock.com have projected Matt Murray as the starting netminder for Pittsburgh while dailyfaceoff.com has confirmed Condon between the pipes for Ottawa.

The calculating crews at the Bovada and Intertops online sportsbooks put the Black and Gold -1.5 for tonight’s puck drop with the over/under set at 5.5. I am going with a 3-2 victory for the Pens.

Pittsburgh Penguins 2016-2017 Rundown:

Home Record: 18-2-2

Away Record: 8-7-3

Last 10 Games: 6-2-2

Pens Vs. Atlantic Division: 9-1-2

ESPN Power Ranking This Week: 2nd

Goals For/Against: 141/114 (+27)

Power Play: 23.2% (3rd)

Penalty Kill: 79.0% (24th)

Game Winning Goals Leader: Evgeni Malkin with 4

Power Play Goals Leader: Sidney Crosby with 9

Short Handed Goals Leaders: Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen with 1 each

Faceoff Leader: Matt Cullen 51.5%

Hits Leader: Patric Hornqvist with 114

Blocks Leader: Ian Cole with 88

Ottawa Senators 2016-2017 Rundown:

Home Record: 12-6-4

Away Record: 9-8-0

Last 10 Games: 5-3-2

Sens Vs. Metropolitan Division: 6-4-1

ESPN Power Ranking This Week: 17th

Goals For/Against: 99/102 (-3)

Power Play: 16.3% (22nd)

Penalty Kill: 82.9% (10th)

Game Winning Goals Leaders: Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, and Mike Hoffman with 3 each

Power Play Goals Leader: Mike Hoffman with 7

Short Handed Goals Leader: Zach Smith with 2

Faceoff Leader: Jean-Gabriel Pageau 54.5%

Hits Leader: Mark Borowiecki with 174

Blocks Leader: Erik Karlsson with 103

Looking back at SAP Highlights on YouTube.com of Penguins Vs. Senators from 12/05/2016…