Ottawa Senators (7-4-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-0)
ROOT, TSN, 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
The Pens are tied in points with the Senators (and the Leafs) and now three points behind the Devils for top spot in the Atlantic Division/Eastern Conference.
Letang and Niskanen have been activated so they could be back tonight. If you missed it, Tangradi was traded.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: January 27, 2013. Penguins won 2-1.
What we said in our recap:
So, this game was sloppier than a poop sandwich.
The most impressive thing was the performance of the Pens' team defense, compounded by the fact that they only played with five D for most of the game. They blocked unlimited shots and got goal-saving plays from Letang and Engo.
The offense is still somewhat of a disaster. Aside from Crosby, Malkin, and Neal, no one is doing anything on the top lines to merit someone saying, "That there is a top-six forward." The powerplay is really embarrassing, and that can be summed up in one sentence: James Neal is taking slapshots from the point.
What should we chalk up to rust? When do we cross the line from rust into effectiveness/ineffectiveness? No clue.
Know Your Enemy: The 6th Sens
What they're saying:
Is it some sign that the Sens are aiming big and taking aim at one of Anaheim’s big name tickets like a Corey Perry, a Ryan Getzlaf or a Bobby Ryan? Or perhaps it’s indicative of Bryan Murray revisiting a player like Andrew Cogliano – someone who was involved in a reported trade package with Edmonton that Dany Heatley infamously vetoed.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Boychuk - Malkin - Neal
Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Glass - Jeffrey - Adams
Orpik - Martin
Engelland - Bortuzzo
Engelland - ???
Ottawa Senators Lines:
Michalek - Zibanejad - Alfredsson
Greening - Turris - Silfverberg
Condra - Smith - Neil
Daugavins - Da Costa - O'Brien
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Benoit
Lines via Daily Faceoff.
No idea if Letang or Niskanen will be back or where they'll play.