Gameday #5: @ Ottawa SenatorsPosted: 27/01/2013
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. Ottawa Senators
Scotia Bank Place, 5:00PM, Root Sports
This is the most bizarre starting time for a hockey game I have ever seen: 5:00. I know the league needs to “squeeze in games” but that doesn’t mean putting them at obtuse times that no one is going to remember. In our schedule analysis we evaluated this as a day game, I hope the Pens bring the same level of play as they typically do in day game situations.
The Senators are perhaps the biggest positive surprise of the East this year. They come into the contest 3-1-0 although they dropped their last game 6-4 to the Lightning.
After their dominant start the Pens have dropped their last two. If there is such a thing as a must win 5th game of the season, this would be it. Both the Rangers and Flyers have won two in a row and are both coming off convincing victories yesterday.
The Pens have been playing pretty well, except for the second period. They’ve been outscored 6-1 in the last two games in the second period. That’s just not cutting it.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net for the Pens. Otherwise no other changes are expected over the lineup against Winnipeg.
Rob Rossi still really wants current Senator Sergei Gonchar to come back to Pittsburgh. The Sens are going to have to start playing much worse than they have been so far this year for the Sens to be out of the playoff race and looking to make a deal. We hope that happens.
The Senators have a lot of offensive potential, and they’re led by reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, suffice it say he’s picked up where he left off last year.
(By warned, this is gonna take a while)
Pens need a win and they need to usurp the Canadian capitol to do it. Go Pens.