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The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping that they will play their final game in the Scotiabank Place tonight against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of this semi-final series. If the Penguins can win tonight in Ottawa and defeat the Senators at CONSOL Energy Center on Friday night, Pittsburgh will move on to the Easten Conference Finals. Therefore, the Penguins would prefer to avoid playing Game 6 in Ottawa if possible. It will not be an easy task, however. The Senators are coming off a huge 2-1 victory in double overtime in Game 3 of the series to bring them new life. Although Ottawa is still down 2-1 in the series, the Senators can tie it up with a win tonight, which would set the stage for a three game series to decide the winner.
Both teams may be making some adjustments to their lineup (more on that in a bit), but Craig Anderson and Tomas Vokoun will obviously remain between the pipes for their respective teams after great performances in Game 3.
Who’s in & Who’s Out?
This is a good question considering the lack of injury updates from both squads. However, based on the past couple days, the Penguins could be inserting forward Jussi Jokinen back into the lineup tonight. Jokinen has not played against Ottawa in the postseason yet and has only appeared in four playoff games thus far. There has been some uncertainty recently about the health of Jokinen, who has not played since May 7th. Jokinen did participate in the optional morning skate and told the media that he is healthy. If he plays, Dan Bylsma noted that he will provide the Penguins with a great option in the left face-off circle. In other news, the availability of forward Brenden Morrow is also in question. During the team’s practice yesterday, Morrow left the ice halfway through the practice and did not return. Bylsma did not give an update on why he left the ice. Morrow did not participate in the optional morning skate today either.
“I just prepare the same way. You always prepare that you’re going to play. It’s not fun to sit out there. I’ll be excited for sure whenever I get my next chance to play.”
As far as the Ottawa Senators go, it looks like forward Cory Conacher may sit tonight in favor of Mark Stone. If Stone replaces Conacher tonight, he will most likely play on the Senators’ second line. Stone has not played in a game against the Penguins yet this postseason. Although forward Milan Michalek missed the morning skate today, it appears that he will play tonight against Pittsburgh.
If Anderson plays like he did against the Penguins like he did in Game 3, Pittsburgh will have issues. The 32 year old goaltender stopped 49 of the 50 shots he faced on Sunday night against the Penguins. In addition, Pittsburgh failed to score with the man advantage, including a 5-on-3 opportunity. Anderson obviously played very well in Game 3, but had not looked like himself the previous two games. Which Anderson will show up tonight? That will have a big impact on the result of the game.
Vokoun, on the other hand, has also played very well in the series. With a 2-1 record against Ottawa in the series, Vokoun has made some fantastic saves himself. In Game 3, he made 46 saves, which was his highest number of saves thus far in the playoffs. The Penguins will also need to be more responsible defensively for sixty minutes in order to win.
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Notes and Numbers
The Penguins are 10-3 in their last 13 playoff games against the Senators.
Of the remaining teams in the postseason, the Penguins have the best ranked power play at 27%.
The Senators have scored a total of 11 goals in 3 playoff games at home.
James Neal has not scored a goal in five games and has only recorded 3 points in 7 postseason games.
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