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About the Senators - 11-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 1 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Sportsnet East.

Record: 10-11-1, 21 points. The Senators are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson, 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home loss to the Stars, Wednesday. Pascal Leclaire made 24 saves for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road loss, Oct. 18. Sidney Crosby, Mark Letestu and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Sergei Gonchar. He has a seven-game scoring streak against his former team.

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 amateur scouting; Ray Shero, general manager.

Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The only Senators goaltenders to be selected to all-star games are former Penguins: Ron Tugnutt (1999) and Patrick Lalime (2003).

Best Senators Video We Could Find: Sticking with the sweaty, half-naked Scandinavian theme, here's a video of Jarkko Ruutu's summer training regime:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-6-1, 2.68 GAA, .896 SV%) for the Penguins. Senators coach Cory Clouston would not announce if Brian Elliott (9-7-0, 3.14 GAA, .905 SV%) or Pascal Leclaire (1-4-1, 3.39 GAA, .887 SV%) is getting the start.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Mike Comrie (undisclosed) is undisclosed. Forward Jordan Staal (foot) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Senators, they are not reporting any injuries.

-Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings against the Sabres Wednesday were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Evgeni Malkin
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Mike Comrie

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

-The Senators primary lines during yesterday's practice were:

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

-They did not practice with a full compliment of defensemen yesterday, but they are expected to be paired like this:

Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Matt Carkner - Chris Campoli

Notes:

-The Penguins are getting a pretty fair return on the contract they gave Matt Cooke in the offseason.

-These dang day games are screwing up Maxime Talbot's breakfast.

-Mike Comrie left yesterday's practice for undisclosed reasons (PG+).

-Brent Johnson is expected to start Saturday's game against the Flames (PG+).

-Crosby has 198 career goals.

-Letang has 98 career points.

-Talbot has 48 career goals.

-Comrie has 197 career assists.

-The Senators only have seven goals in their past seven games.

-Gonchar did not practice yesterday due to maitenance reasons.

-Gonchar has 698 career points.

-We're setting the over/under on "Michaleks are brothers" references at 7 1/2. This will be their first meeting since Zbynek signed with the Penguins this offseason. You can keep score at home.

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