Game Preview: Pens-Sens

Game Date

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Opponent

Ottawa Senators

Game Time

7 PM

Place

Canadian Tire Centre

TV

AT&T SportsNet

Radio 

105.9 FM, the X

Notables

* The Pens are in Ottawa for the final time this season for a showdown with the Senators. 

* Pittsburgh has won its past 2 games while posting a total of 6 goals in each contest. The Pens are 4-2-2 in their last 8 games. 

* The Pens had 10 different players record points in a 6-2 win against the NY Islanders on Thursday. They were led by Phil Kessel’s 4 points (2G-2a), Kris Letang (2G), Sidney Crosby (1G-2A) and Jake Guentzel (3A). 

* Kessel has 342 career goals, tying him for 10th place all-time among American-born players. 

* Guentzel has a 6-game scoring streak (4G-6A-10PTS)

* Crosby has points in 5 of his last 6 games for a total of 10 (6G-4A), which includes his 11th career hat trick. 

* The Sens have been a very streaky team. After losing 4 straight games, the club won its next 3 consecutive contests. Now they are riding a 2-game losing streak as they host Pittsburgh. 

* Ottawa is led by Matt Duchene in scoring with 34 points (12G-22A) followed closely by Mark Stone’s 32 (14G-18A). However, Duchene (groin) and Bobby Ryan (concussion) will not play in the game. 

INJURIES

PIT – Matt Cullen (lower-body), Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Matt Murray (lower-body), Justin Schultz (lower leg fracture). 

OTT – Mark Borowiecki, Matt Duchene, Marian Gaborik, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan (all on IR), Max Lajoie (undisclosed).