Ottawa Senators (22-15-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (21-15-4)
TV: ROOT, SNET-E, TVA
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Game 41. This is the halfway point of the season. The Pens are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one point out of seventh and also one point out of ninth. The Senators are in fifth place, four points ahead of the Penguins, but the Sens have played three more games. James Neal is playing. Simon Despres has been called up from WBS. He may fill in for Paul Martin who is sick.
Season Series: 1-1-0.
Last meeting that counted: December 16, 2011. Senators won 6-4.
What we said in our recap:
WE SPEAK ONLY FOR OURSELVES,but this season has taken a toll already. With the Crosby concussion gate, and infinite injuries we can't remember a time where a lot of us our completely unpumped about Penguins hockey. And sure there will be that asshole that says, " OMG how can you not be pumped about Penguins hockey, you aren't true fans, i watch every game." Our response, jump in a pool of acid.
Know Your Enemy: The 6th Sens.
What they're saying:
The knock on Ottawa coming into this season was the familiar refrain, “Where are the goals going to come from?” Fourty-three games into the regular season, the answer is improbably simple: from the third period. After another come-from-behind victory in yesterday afternoon’s game, the Senators not only lead the league with six wins when trailing after two periods, they’re also the highest scoring third period team. It has helped to vault them into sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Favorite Senators Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Eric Tangradi – Pascal Dupuis – Tyler Kennedy
Steve Sullivan – Richard Park – Matt Cooke
Arron Asham – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik – Deryk Engelland
Zbynek Michalek – Paul Martin/Simon Despres
Matt Niskanen – Ben Lovejoy
How about that Tangradi/Dupuis/Kennedy second line?
Ottawa Senators lines from Empty Netters:
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Colin Greening
Erik Condra – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno – Zack Smith – Bobby Butler
Kaspars Daugavins – Zenon Konopka – Chris Neil
Filip Kuba – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – Brian Lee
Will the elusive win number 136 ever happen?