About the Senators - 02-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

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

TV: Root Sports, TSN.

Record: 7-4-2, 16 points. The Senators are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Kyle Turris, 11 points (4 goals, 7 assist).

Last Game: 2-0 home win against the Sabres, last night. Craig Anderson made 42 saves for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 home shootout loss, Jan. 27. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the Penguins.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Milan Michalek. In his past three games against the Penguins, Michalek has six points (three goals, three assists).

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: Captain Daniel Alfredsson (above) has scored the most game-winning goals in franchise history with 68. Former Penguins right winger Marian Hossa is second with 32.

Best Senators Video We Could Find: Former Senators goaltender Damian Rhodes "scoring" a goal against the Devils during the 1998-99 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (5-3-0, 2.46 GAA, .906 SV%) for the Penguins. Craig Anderson (7-2-2, 1.36 GAA, .956 SV% in 2011-12) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body") and Matt Niskanen (ankle) are on injured reserve but are considered game-time decisions. For the Senators, centers Peter Regin (chest), Jason Spezza (back) defenseman Jared Cowen (hip) and left winger Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash) are on injured reserve.

UPDATE: The Penguins have activated defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body") and and Matt Niskanen (ankle) from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Dylan Reese to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
17 Zach Boychuk - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 15 Dustin Jeffrey/46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

-Given the uncertain status of Letang and Niskanen, this is the presumed defensive pairings should neither be available:

47 Simon Despres - 42 Dylan Reese
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

Update: Given the activation of Letang and Niskanen, it's next to impossible to tell who will be paired with who tonight. Consider this an educated guess:

47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Senators held an optional skate this morning. Their primary lines and defensive pairings during last night's game were:

9 Milan Michalek - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
14 Colin Greening - 7 Kyle Turris - 33 Jakob Silfverberg
22 Erik Condra - 15 Zack Smith - 25 Chris Neil
23 Kaspars Daugavins - 24 Stephane Da Costa - 18 Jim O'Brien

3 Marc Methot - 65 Erik Karlsson
55 Sergei Gonchar - 10 Mike Lundin
4 Chris Phillips - 46 Patrick Wiercioch


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

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sutter has appeared in 299 career games.

-Crosby has 398 career assists.

-Cooke has 196 career assists.

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Turris has appeared in 199 career games.

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