About the Senators - 10-18-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Sportnet Ontario.

Record: 1-3-1, 3 points. The Senators are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza, 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 road loss to the Canadiens, Saturday. Milan Michalek, brother of the Penguins' Zbynek, scored two goals for Ottawa.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 overtime home loss in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Pascal Dupuis' overtime goal claimed the series win.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Sergei Gonchar (above). Prior to joining the Penguins in the 2005 offseason, he had a six-game scoring streak (from 2004 going back to 2002) against the Penguins. During that span, he had 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists).

Ex-Penguins on the Senators: Matt Carkner, D (Carkner was a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but never played with the NHL Penguins); Sergei Gonchar, D; Alex Kovalev, RW; Brad Lauer, assistant general manager; Jarkko Ruutu, LW.

Ex-Senators on the Penguins: Phil Bourque, broadcaster; Mike Comrie, C; Randy Sexton, assistant director of amanteur scouting; Ray Shero, general manager.

Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The first Penguins player to score a hat trick against the Senators was Markus Naslund who netted three goals in a 7-2 home win, Nov. 28, 1995.

Best Senators Video We Could Find: Say what you will about Ottawa's Chris Neil, but he's a tough dude:

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Probable goaltenders: The Penguins have not announced if they will play Marc-Andre Fleury (0-3-0, 3.41 GAA, .853 SV%) or Brent Johnson (3-0-0, 1.32 GAA, .953 SV%). Brian Elliott (1-1-0, 3.21 GAA, .897 SV%) is expected to start for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) is day to day. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) is out. Centers Casey Pierro-Zabotel (finger), Jordan Staal (foot), right winger Arron Asham ("upper body") and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Senators, goaltender Pascal Leclaire (groin) is out. Defenseman Filip Kuba (leg) is on injured reserve.

Probable lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins' did not practice yesterday. Their lines and defensive pairings against the Flyers Saturday were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Mark Letestu - Eric Godard

Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Andrew Hutchinson - Deryk Engelland

-The Senators' primary lines against the Canadiens Saturday were:

Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno-Mike Fisher-Chris Neil
Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Jesse Winchester
Ryan Shannon-Peter Regin-Alex Kovalev

Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Matt Carkner - Chris Campoli
Brian Lee - Erik Karlsson


-Welcome back Sergei Gonchar. 

-Is Chris Kunitz the Penguins' best option in front of the net on the top power play unit?

-The Senators have some pretty weak offensive numbers so far. 

-Speaking of weak numbers, Alex Kovalev has yet to record a point this season. 

-The Staals Ruutus Michaleks are brothers (second note).

-And since so many of you love this photo, we feel an obligation to post this image of a boozy, smokey, half-naked Daniel Alfredsson holding some odd-looking trophy to the right. You're wecome!

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(Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Photobucket)

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