Hellllloooooooooo everybodyyyyy, tonight the Penguins (23-11-4) will play their final game of 2019 when they host the god awful Ottawa Senators (16-18-5). Puck drop is set for just after 7pm from PPG Paints Arena.
What a weekend the Penguins had, man. On Friday they kicked the Preds ass in Nashville by a score of 5-2 and even Dominik Simon was allowed to score a goal in the win. On Saturday, they beat the Preds 6-4 in Pittsburgh with the backup goalie, Matt Murray, getting the start. That game was an emotional rollercoaster, though. The Pens scored two goals within like 8 seconds of the game and went up 3-0 at the end of the first. Nashville then scored 3 of the next 4 goals and eventually tied it midway in the third period only to have their scumbag forward, Austin Watson, take a goaltending inference penalty late. The Pens took full advantage of that. Jake Guentzel scored with 1:03 left in regulation to put the Penguins up 5-4 and Bryan Rust iced it with an empty-netter, his 16th goal of the season.
The Sens will play their second game of a back-to-back tonight. They were home last night against the Devils and lost 4-3 in overtime. Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot tied the game at 3 late in the third only for the number one overall pick in last year's draft, Jack Hughes, to score the winner for the Devils 54 seconds into overtime. Entering play tonight, the Senators sit 26th in the league and 14th in the conference with 37 points and are 4-2-4 over their last 10 games so I fully expect this game to go to overtime.
Craig Anderson started in goal last night for the Sens so the Pens will likely face their backup Marcus Hogberg (sounds like something you'd get at a BBQ restaurant) since Andres Nilsson is on injured reserve with a concussion. Expect the Penguins number one goalie, Tristan Jarry, to be back between the pipes tonight.
Entering play tonight, the Penguins are ranked 5th in the league with a record of 23-11-4.
Sidney Crosby continues to skate on his own. I think Nick Bjugstad is too, but he kinda sucks so who cares.
I wish the Penguins would have signed Anthony Duclair. He leads the Sens in points with 31 points (21G, 10A). Twenty-one goals is absolutely incredible, especially on that team.
The Pens are 8-2-0 over their last 10 games.
Jake Guentzel recorded his 100th career assist on Bryan Rust's first period goal Saturday. Pretty unreal considering that Guentzel is only good because of Crosby, so opposing fans' Twitter tells us.
Per the Penguins, they have points in 14 of their last 16 games...going 12-2-2 during that stretch.
Bryan Rust (16) has more goals than Nikita Kucherov (13), Johnny Gaudreau (10), Joe Pavelski (7), Steven Stamkos (14), John Tavares (15), Aleksander Barkov (13), Phil Kessel (8), Ryan Reaves (4).
Also, per the Penguins...Jake Guentzel had 43 goals in 2019 which was tied for 4th in the NHL.