March 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defender Kris Letang (58) and center Sidney Crosby (87) at the face-off circle against the Nashville Predators during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins Invade Ottawa

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be taking on The Ottawa Senators tonight in Ottawa.     Ottawa is fighting for the the Northeast Division lead with the Boston Bruins.    While the Penguins go into tonight’s game with and opportunity to go ahead of the Rangers by a point for the Division and Conference Lead.

It was just announced that Brad Thiessen will be in net replacing Fleury for tonight’s game.    This will be Brad’s first game on the road this season.     This is a great opportunity for Brad to get some experience against a tight checking team on the road in a pretty feisty environment.     Fleury is fine, the Penguins are just trying to get him some rest.   They targeted this game for an opportunity to get Thiessen in the game, and Fleury a rest.

The Lines going into game this evening will be the same as they have been.

Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Sullivan-Staal-Dupuis
Cooke-Crosby-Kennedy
Tangradi-Adams-Asham

You can expect that these will be the defensive lines, Letang-Martin, Orpik-Michalek, and Engelland-Lovejoy.     Matt Niskanen will not be in the lineup and neither will Joe Vitale.

As for what to expect, I think this game is setting up for Sid to break out and score a couple of goals.    I think it would be fitting for him to get the first couple of goals since his return in Canada.   Also, I am convinced that his teammates want him to get on the board with a goal or 2, not to mention I think that all of the Joking around in the locker room about him being the best “3rd” line center in Hockey is probably going to start getting to him.

The Senators as mentioned are only 3 points behind Boston and are battling for an opportunity for Home Ice advantage.    If they do not catch the Bruins, they will be on the road for all of the Playoffs barring a major upset.   The Senators are led by Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson both tallying over 70 points each.    Though, Milan Michalek is the team leader is goals scored with  32.       The Senators have 8 guys with double digit goals scored so this team knows how to score and can do it when necessary.

The Puck drops tonight at 7pm.

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