Game 68: Sens @ Pens

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Ottawa Senators
@ Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT
Venue: Mellon Arena

Enemy: Pensburgh

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An afternoon game! Sweet! I love afternoon games.

Looking at the standings, there are five playoff spots in the Eastern Conference that are wide open, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are right in the thick of the battle. Seven points separate fourth-place Philadelphia (82 points) from tenth-place Buffalo (75 points), and the Penguins currently sit in sixth with 79 points. They're killing it under new coach Dan Bylsma, with a 9-1-1 record since he replaced Michel Therrien, so this should be a tough game for the Sens.

Of note for the Sens is that C Peter Regin has been sent back to Binghamton, so W Shean Donovan should be back in the lineup tonight. Brian Elliott will get the start.

I'm going to be selective in my memories, and remember the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final, rather than the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final:

My favourite part was when the Versus commentator predicted many future battles between Sidney Crosby and Ray Emery. That... may not happen.

Game thread starts... after these brief injury reports:

Ottawa Senators Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Filip Kuba other-excused 03/14/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Smith knee 03/09/2009
Alexandre Picard knee 03/01/2009
Cody Bass shoulder 12/28/2008
Pascal Leclaire ankle 01/08/2009

Pittsburgh Penguins Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Petr Sykora other-excused 03/14/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Philippe Boucher foot 02/13/2009
Mike Zigomanis shoulder 12/04/2008

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