Silver Nuggets: Game three to be a physical affair

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 16: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jarkko Ruutu #73 of the Ottawa Senators mix it up in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 16, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Headlines for the Ottawa Senators heading into game three of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins:

  • Ottawa's got no lineup changes, which means Ryan Shannon remains in the lineup and Brian Elliott starts. (Garrioch)
  • The prediction panel tonight is split: Three see Pittsburgh keeping the momentum, three see Ottawa regaining it thanks to home ice advantage. Guess which side I fall on! (Citizen)
  • Jay McKee will draw into the Pens lineup in place of Jordan Leopold, who is 'day-to-day' but didn't travel with the team to Ottawa. That roster change will likely increase the physicality of a series that's already up there. (Sun, TSN)
  • Cory Clouston wants the Senators to increase their physical play to match the Penguins; he wants guys to be like Andy Sutton. (I'm guessing he wants them to score more than he does, though.) (Citizen)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article: "View from Ottawa: Senators need Crosby clone" Newsflash: So do 28 other teams, and the Pens probably wouldn't mind one to go along with the original. (Post-Gazette)
  • Not something you see everyday, but a good article on Bleacher Report about Sutton's hit: "you can't blame Sutton because Leopold had his head down. That hit needs to be made or Sutton isn't doing his job." (B/R)
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