A preview of the Senators.
When and where: 7 p.m., Mellon Arena.
TV: FSN Pittsburgh, TSN, RDS.
Record: 29-21-4, 62 points. The Senators are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Northeast Division.
Leading Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson (right), 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists).
Last Game: 3-0 home win against the Devils, Tuesday. Brian Elliott made 24 saves in the shutout.
Last Game against the Penguins: 8-2 road loss, Dec. 23. Chris Kunitz had a goal and three assists.
Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Alfredsson. In the six games since coming back from his shoulder injury, he has 10 points (five goals, five assists). Plus something tells us he'll want a little revenge for the hit by Craig Adams that damaged his shoulder, Dec. 23.
Ex-Penguins on the Senators: Matt Carkner, D (Carkner is a former Wilkes-barre/Scranton Penguin); Shean Donovan, LW; Alex Kovalev, RW; Jarkko Ruutu, LW.
Ex-Senators on the Penguins: Phil Bourque, broadcaster; Ray Shero, general manager (he was an assistant general manager with Ottawa).
Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Senators and Penguins have not made a trade in nearly a decade. The last deal between the teams sent goaltender Tom Barrasso to Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Janne Laukkanen and goaltender Ron Tugnutt, March 14, 2000.
Best Senators YouTube Video We Could Find: Steve Duchesne sending the Senators to the playoff for the first time in 1997:
(Those two dudes dancing at the 40 second mark make the video worth watching alone.)
-Marc-Andre Fleury (26-14-1, 2.59 GAA, .908 SV%) and Brian Elliott (15-11-3, 2.57 GAA, .906 SV%) are your expected starters in net.
-For the Penguins, forward Maxime Talbot ("lower body") is probable. Forwards Bill Guerin (undisclosed) and Tyler Kennedy (undisclosed) is day-to-day. Forward Eric Godard (undisclosed) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (undisclosed) are out. Forward Chris Kunitz (abdominal) is on injured reserve.
-For the Senators, forward Shean Donovan (undisclosed) is day to day. Goaltender Pascal Leclaire (concussion) and forward Jesse Winchester (knee) are on injured reserve.
-The word "undisclosed" should be illegal.
-Assuming he plays tonight, Jordan Staal will appear in his 300th career game. It will also be his 274th consecutive game. He is two away from tying Nick Harbaruk for the second longest streak in franchise history.
-Sidney Crosby has 299 career assists.
-Ruslan Fedotneko has 299 career points.
-Sergei Gonchar has 199 career goals.
-The Senators enter this game on a seven-game winning streak.
-One more win will tie a franchise record.
-"He should have scored the third one." - Dan Bylsma joking on why the team sent Chris Conner to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the day after his two-goal effort in New York.
-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Matt Carkner is fitting in just fine with the Senators.
-The Penguins will be wearing their "dreaded" blue throwback jerseys.
-Assuming they don't meet the Penguins in the playoffs, this will be the Senators' last visit to Civic/Mellon Arena. Including postseason games, the Senators have an all-time record of 14-18-7 at Civic/Mellon Arena.
-The Senators' first game at Civic/Mellon Arena was a 6-1 loss, Jan. 16, 1993. After a goal by Ottawa's Tomas Jelinek, the Penguins reeled off six unanswered goals of their own to rout the expansion club. The Penguins got two goals from Joe Mullen, a goal and an assist from Kevin Stevens and two assists each from Ron Francis, Jaromir Jagr and Mike Stapleton. Ken Wregget earned the win by making 29 saves. Peter Sidorkiewicz (right) made 23 saves in the loss. The Senators somehow managed to get 11 power plays and scored on none of them.
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