About the Senators - 04-22-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. ScotiaBank Centre.

TV: Root Sports, Sportsnet-East, TVA.

Record: 23-15-6, 52 points. The Senators are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Cory Conacher, 28 points (11 goals, 17 assist).

Last Game: 4-1 home loss to the Maple Leafs, Saturday. Craig Anderson made 18 saves for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 road loss, Feb. 17. James Neal had two goals and an assist for the Penguins.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Daniel Alfredsson. He has 63 points in 63 career 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: The first goal of current Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson's career was assisted by defenseman and former Penguins center Martin Straka in a 6-2 road loss to the Panthers, Oct. 13, 1995.

Best Senators Video We Could Find: The current Senators' franchise' first game in 1992 had a pregame ceremony which included figures skaters in gold tunics and white tights:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (12-4-0, 2.54 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Craig Anderson (11-7-2, 1.64 GAA, .944 SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: Centers Sidney Crosby (mouth), Evgeni Malkin ("upper body"), right winger Beau Bennett ("upper body"), defenseman Kris Letang (illness) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defenseman Paul Martin (hand) is on injured reserve. For the Senators, center Mike Hoffman (collarbone) is out. Defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles tendon) and center Jason Spezza (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The had an optional morning skate today. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings:

14 Chris Kunitz - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 9 Pascal Dupuis - 48 Tyler Kennedy
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 27 Craig Adams
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 33 Steve MacIntyre

47 Simon Despres - 44 Brooks Orpik
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
4 Mark Eaton - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Senators expected lines and defensive pairing based on today's morning skate are:

9 Milan Michalek - 7 Kyle Turris - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
89 Cory Conacher - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 33 Jakob Silfverberg
73 Guillaume Latendresse - 15 Zack Smith - 25 Chris Neil
14 Colin Greening - 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 22 Erik Condra

4 Chris Phillips - 3 Marc Methot
62 Eric Gryba - 2 Jared Cowen
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 55 Sergei Gonchar


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

-Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will not be in the lineup tonight on account of his wife expecting the birth of a child. Rookie goaltender Eric Hartzell will replace him in the lineup.

-Head coach Dan Bylsma has 199 career wins.

-Vokoun has 199 career wins.

-Dupuis has 197 career assists.

-“He’s one player and clearly if we allow him to be a distraction, he has already won. We’ll play him hard, but we’ll keep it clean. Our goal is to get the two points and move on.” - Methot on Cooke.

-The Senators can secure a playoff berth with a victory as well as a loss by the Jets tonight.

-Phillips has 199 career assists.

-The Senators will wear their "heritage" striped jerseys tonight.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7:15 p.m. Please tune in.

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