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#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators

April 14, 2010


 

#4 Pittsburgh (47-28-7, 101 pts)

#5 Ottawa (44-32-6, 94 pts)
 

Regular season series (Series tied 2-2)

Oct 12, 2009 Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1
Nov 19, 2009 Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 6
Dec 23, 2009 Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 8
Jan 28, 2010 Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 1

 
 
Pittsburgh Key Numbers
Power Play: 17.2%
Penalty Kill: 84.3%
Face-off: 49.2%
Last month: 5-4-1
Major injuries: Matt Cooke (day to day), Chris Kunitz (day to day), Brooks Orpik (day to day)
 

Ottawa Key Numbers
Power Play: 16.9%
Penalty Kill: 84.3%
Face-off: 49.3%
Last ten: 7-2-1
Major injuries: Alex Kovalev , Filip Kuba
 

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Jesse Liebman:

This first round matchup should give the Penguins a chance to tune up for a repeat at Lord Stanley’s Cup. Sidney Crosby finally found his scoring touch in last year’s playoffs, and he delivered in buckets this year, sharing the Richard Trophy with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos. The Senators have Brian Elliot to thank for stabilizing their goaltending situation after Pascal Leclaire was felled by yet another injury. Despite getting Jason Spezza back, the Sens won’t last long against a team as dynamic as Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh in 5

 
 

Jeff Hancock:
The Pens are too strong for the Sens.  They are too deep up the middle.  Even with Evgeni Malkin possibly not 100%, I’ll still take the Pens, especially with Alexei Kovalev out with a torn ACL.  Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fluery has lost one career postseason series (2008 against Detroit).  I don’t see him losing his second in this match-up.  Pens get a nice tune up for their second round showdown with Washington.

Pittsburgh in 5

 
 

Brandon Fox:
The Pens are hoping to defend their Stanley Cup title. The Senators are back in the playoffs. The problem for the Sens is that their offense is too inconsistent. They’ve been plagued with injuries all season. Their goaltending (Brian Elliot) is suspect. The Penguins haven’t changed much and they know how to win big games.

Pittsburgh in 5

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