Gameday 71 – Senators

7:30 pm
Scotiabank Place
Kovalev returns to Ottawa. We're sure he'll get booed. Maybe the Senators' fans will boo Sergei Gonchar too, when he tries to cross enemy lines and begs to return to the Penguins.
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Know your enemy: The 6th Sens

In light of Craig Anderson channelling his inner Colorado Avalanche yesterday and completely defecating the mattress in his 22 minutes and 10 seconds of play against the Buffalo Sabres, the Senators three game winning streak is over. Mind you, it was only a matter of time before he looked like any other incapable goaltender that we have grown accustomed to seeing man the pipes over the past few seasons. It's about time too. Like some fans, I was beginning to get a little worried and treated each win like it was a bad birthday gift from a family member. "Wow, what a surprise! No, really, this is great. It's just what I needed…" (Just keep smiling.)

Season series: 2-1
Last meeting: December 26, 2010 – Senators Won 3-1
What we said in our recap:

As the old saying goes, the Pens must be pregnant, because they missed a period. By the time they woke up midway through the second, they were greeted by a hot goaltender and Chris Phillips. That's like waking up after a threesome with Stone Phillips and Sally Wiggin. You know you're in a bad spot and you're going to get it hard. The Sens got an unrealistic performance from Erik Karlsson, who had two goals and a assist. He almost had the first goal, as well. He was a beast. Chris Phillips stole Michalek's foursquare badge as the Mayor of Shutdown City. He was able to contain Geno and Bing. When the Pens go down 2 goals early to a team on the road in the playoffs, we can look back at this game and give thanks. Pens were long overdue for a game like this. You need shit like this during the season so you don't stand around with your thumb up your butt when it happens at a bigger moment.

Penguins notes: Niskanen won't be in the line-up due to the flu. Penguins have recalled Corey Potter and Steve Wagner from from WBS.  Who? Bylsma says he thinks Alex Kovalev will have something to prove tonight. Martin was not in the morning skate, but he's expected to play. Johnson will be in goal
Senators notes:
Craig Anderson will be in net for Ottawa.
The Senators are in last place in the East with 59 points.

Line production the last 10 games: Penguins | Senators
Favorite Senators-related Photoshop or gif:
Totally guessing at the Penguins lines:

James Neal – Mark LetestuAlexei Kovalev
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Dustin Jeffrey – Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Max Talbot

Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Kris Letang
Corey Potter/Steve Wagner- Deryk Engelland

Brent Johnson

Senators Lines from Empty Netters:

Colin Greening – Jason Spezza – Bobby Butler
Erik Conrda – Ryan Shannon – Marek Svatos
Nick Foligno – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
? – Jesse Winchester – Francis Lessard

Filip Kuba – Erik Karlsson
? – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillip – Brian Lee

Craig Anderson

Not exactly a star-studded line-up in Ottawa. 
Rebuilding city.
Do It.
Go Pens.