About the Senators - 03-24-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. ScotiaBank Place.

TV: Root Sports, CBC.

Record: 37-28-10, 84 points. The Senators are seventh place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza, 76 points (30 goals, 46 assists).

Last Game: 5-1 road loss to the Canadiens, last night. Craig Anderson made 20 saves for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 road win, Jan. 10. Marc-Andre Fleury made 13 saves for the Penguins.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Spezza. He has six points in his past two games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Senators: Sergei Gonchar, D.

Ex-Senators on the Penguins: Randy Sexton, assistant director of amateur scouting; Ray Shero, general manager.

Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Right winger Daniel Alfredsson (above) has served as the Senators' captain since 1999-2000. The only other person to serve as the Senators' captain for multiple seasons was former Penguins left winger Randy Cunneyworth from 1994-95 until 1997-98.

Best Senators Video We Could Find: Center Neil Brady scoring the first goal in the history of the new Senators franchise against the Canadiens, Oct. 8, 1992:

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Probable goaltenders: Brad Thiessen (3-0-0, 2.68 GAA, .897 SV%) for the Penguins and Ben Bishop (3-2-2, 2.16 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, goaltender Brent Johnson (undisclosed), defenseman Matt Niskanen ("upper body") and center Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. For the Senators, centers Peter Regin (shoulder) and Jesse Winchester (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Potential Lines and Defensive Pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were: (PG+)

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni 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 Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland

-The Senators' did not hold a full morning skate today. According to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, their lines will be:

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

Erik Karlsson - Filip Kuba
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips - Matt Carkner


-The last time the Penguins played the Senators, this happened:

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-Orpik has 99 career assists.

-Dupuis has an eight-game scoring streak.

-Greening has played in 99 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Photobucket)

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