(1) Penguins vs. (8) Islanders
Penguins Leading Postseason Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (right), 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists).
Senators Leading Postseason Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson (below), 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists).
Penguins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun, 2-0, 1.41 GAA, .957 SV%.
Senators Expected Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson, 4-1, 1.80 GAA, .950 SV%.
Penguins Injuries: The Penguins are reporting no injuries.
Senators Injuries: Left winger Mike Hoffman (collarbone) and defenseman Patrick Weircioch ("lower body") are out. Center Dave Dziurzynski (concussion) and Jason Spezza (back) are on injured reserve.
Penguins with Stanley Cup bling: Craig Adams, RW; Matt Cooke, LW; Sidney Crosby, C; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Marc-Andre Fleury, G; Mark Eaton, D; Dustin Jeffrey, C; Tyler Kennedy, C; Chris Kunitz, LW; Kris Letang, D; Evgeni Malkin, C; Brooks Orpik, D.
Senators with Stanley Cup bling: Sergei Gonchar, D.
Something worthwhile about the Penguins: At 33.3 pecent, the Penguins have the best power-play percentage in the postseason.
Something worthwhile about the Senators: At 36.0, the Senators have allowed the most shots per game on average of any team still alive in the postseason.
Something useless about the Penguins that is vaguely connected to the Senators: Former Senators left winger Phil Bourqe holds the Penguins record for most penalty minutes in a single postseason. He recorded 66 in 1989.
Something useless about the Senators that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Marian Hossa holds the Senators postseason record for shots in a series. He had 32 in a 2004 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series which lasted seven games.
Former Senators on the Penguins: Randy Sexton, assistant director of amateur scouting; Ray Shero, general manager.
Former Penguins on the Senators: Sergei Gonchar, D.
Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, James Neal, etc. The Penguins' stars need to solve Anderson. Anderson has been lights out thus far in the postseason but he didn't get a very strong test against the Canadiens. The Penguins need to overwhelm with with their skilled set of forwards.
Who needs to be the difference for the Senators: Chris Phillips, Jared Cowen, Marc Methot, etc. The Penguins beat the Islanders in the first round largely due to their success on the power play. The Senators' penalty killers need to limit the damage the Penguins can do with the man advantage.
Best Penguins YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Penguins center Ron Francis' overtime goal against the Rangers in Game 4 of a 1992 Patrick Division final:
Best Senators YouTube Video We Could Find: The Senators' infamous Spartan pregame ceremony from Game 3 of a 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins:
EN Prediction: The Senators are a deeper team than the Islanders and have a more physical blue line but they still can't match the impressive depth of the Penguins. The Penguins will outlast them in a fast but physical series. Penguins 4-3.
(Photos: Malkin-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Photobucket)