Gameday 74 – Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins (46-21-6) @ Ottawa Senators (37-28-10)

7:00 pm/et


Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON

Look! It's a hockey game on a Saturday night! What a novel idea!

The Pens can take first place in the East tonight.

Thiessen City.

Season Series: 1-2-0.

Last meeting that counted: January 10, 2012. Penguins Lost 5-1.

What we said in our recap:

It has been years since we've seen the Penguins on-ice product so terrible. It's easily the worst it has been since we started the blog, so it's a hard topic to attack. The only advice we can give? Enjoy it. Embrace the negativity. Make some jokes about things, start familiarizing yourself with the 2012 entry draft. The worst move you can make is breaking out the "I watched this for 5 years during the Dark Ages, so suck it up" card. Nobody wins.

But the best thing you can do is starting throwing jabs at other Pens fans. The in-fighting on Twitter during this game was glorious. People were saying the meanest shit, journalists were going after their followers. We're fair game, too. Take your shots. Everyone will be better human beings for it by the time the tide turns.

Everything has gone wrong, and in a vicious combination of poor play, injuries, bad breaks, and concussions, the Penguins' season has reached the sum of all fears level.

So… things appear to have changed…

Know Your Enemy: The 6th Sens.

What they're saying:

Thanks to improbable injury free campaigns by many of the team’s veterans – Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Filip Kuba, Chris Phillips and Sergei Gonchar – combined with the emergence of Erik Karlsson as one of the game’s best defencemen and the acquisition of a young second line center who plays against the opposition’s best lines, the Senators have gradually made the ascent up the Eastern Conference standings.

Despite this seemingly improbable turn of events and the Euge’s proclamations that the organization is sticking to its “three year plan”, Bryan Murray has never been the kind of general manager to avoid chasing name talents. In Anaheim, he couldn’t resist adding Sergei Fedorov to the mix. In Ottawa there has been Sergei Gonchar. Even after Dany Heatley infamously requested to be moved, Murray kicked the tires on unrestricted free agents like Martin Havlat and Mike Cammalleri before settling on Plan B, Alexei Kovalev.

Favorite Senators Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:

Chris KunitzEvgeni Malkin – James Neal
Steve Sullivan – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Sidney Crosby – Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi – Craig Adams – Arron Asham

Kris Letang – Paul Martin
Brooks OrpikZbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Deryk Engelland

Brad Thiessen

Matt Niskanen is out with an upper body injury.

Ottawa Senators lines from Empty Netters:

Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Colin Greening
Zack Smith – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno – Jim O'Brien – Chris Neil
Rob KlinkhammerKasars Daugavins – Erik Condra

Erik KarlssonFilip Kuba
Sergei Gonchar – Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips – Matt Carkner

Ben Bishop

Do It.

Go Pens.