Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 14 – Ottawa Senators

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.

Who knows?

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Boychuk – Malkin – Neal
Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
Glass – Jeffrey – Adams

Orpik – Martin
Despres – Bortuzzo
Engelland – ???


Ottawa Senators Lines:

Michalek – Zibanejad – Alfredsson
Greening – Turris – Silfverberg
Condra – Smith – Neil
Daugavins – Da Costa – O'Brien

Methot – Karlsson
Lundin- Gonchar
Phillips – Benoit


Lines via Daily Faceoff.

No idea if Letang or Niskanen will be back or where they'll play.

Do It.

Go Pens.