Ottawa Senators (36-31-14) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-6)
Root Sports, TVA, TSN – 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The Ottawa Senators visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the regular season. Kunitz and Orpik are questionable for today.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 68A, 104P)
Senators: Erik Karlsson (20G, 53A, 73P)
Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (12-6-1, 2.37 GAA, .915 Sv% )
Senators: Robin Lehner (11-15-6, 3.10 GAA, .913 Sv% )
Penguins: Lost to Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.
Senators: Defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0.
“Game 82. We have has been led to believe that we will like where this team is after 82 games so tonight should be an exciting night. Joking aside, it has been a seriously terrible season. On paper this team is probably one of the top four teams in the east, but due to a variety of reasons they have underachieved. The goaltending has been a little bit below average, the defence has been worse than even the rather low expectations of them and the coaching decisions have been downright mind-boggling.”
What Happened Last Time: February 3, 2014 – Pens won 2-1 (OT) [Our Recap]
“You want to know why we started beating the drum about the Pens’ secondary scoring back in December? Watch this game again. In playoff-like fashion, the Senators frustrated Crosby and Malkin over and over and over again.
That right there is what you want Crosby to do if you’re the opposition. As the game wore on, Crosby looked more and more disinterested. The bad part of this for the Senators, though, is they are awful. They were severely outshot, 48-25. Fleury only had to make one real save all game, and we’ll be seeing that highlight for years to come.
Still, it’s very promising that the Pens were able to win this one. The Pens will be playing games like this for the remainder of the season. Teams in the midst of playoff races are already adopting a playoff mentality. That will only become more prevalent in March.
The Senators got one point thanks to some great goaltending. The Penguins got two, thanks to strong goaltending and a sharp shooter finally hitting his mark. James Neal is a streaky scorer. When he is on, he can’t miss. When he is off, he can’t hit anything. He was bound to get one, and he finally did in OT.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Kris Letang. It’s good to have him back.
Senators Player(s) to Watch: Ales Hemsky, because we could have sworn that he was traded to the Penguins at each and every trade deadline for years.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Daily Faceoff:
Lee Stempniak – Sidney Crosby – Beau Bennett
Brian Gibbons – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Jayson Megna – Brandon Sutter – Tanner Glass
Taylor Pyatt – Craig Adams – Harry Zolnierczyk
Robert Bortuzzo – Paul Martin
Kris Letang – Rob Scuderi
Matt Niskanen – Olli Maatta
Ottawa Senators lines via Daily Faceoff:
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Chris Neil
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Erik Condra
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch – Eric Gryba
Chris Phillips – Cody Ceci