The Pittsburgh Penguins come into tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators with pretty much everything wrapped up. The Pens have won the Atlantic Division and can be no lower than the one seed in the Eastern Conference after clinching the top overall seed on Saturday. Pittsburgh can now focus details heading into the playoffs and continue to rest players who are either injured or banged up.
The Ottawa Senators still have plenty to play for as they are still in the playoff picture and have yet to clinch one of the top eight spots. The Sens’ have trended downward in their last ten games, going 4-6 over that stretch. They look to get back on the right track tonight on home ice. This could potentially be a first round matchup if the Senators continue to fall down the standings.
“I approach this game the same way as I do any other game. What happened between me and Erik was a complete freak accident. I’ve said it before and I feel bad. I’m glad he’s close to recovering and coming back.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Tonight’s game marks Matt Cooke‘s first trip to Ottawa since his collision with Erik Karlsson back in mid-February.
Erik Karlsson is listed as a game-time decision for the Senators.
The Pens are playing tonight’s game with $36.8 million in cap space out of the line up.
Beau Bennett (upper body), Kris Letang (illness) and Marc-Andre Fleury (expecting wife to give birth) are all back in Pittsburgh and will not play in tonight’s game. They join Sidney Crosby (jaw), Evgeni Malkin (upper body), James Neal (concussion) and Paul Martin (hand) who are also out for tonight’s game.
In his career, Daniel Alfredsson is a point-per-game player against the Pens. He has 63 points in 63 career games against Pittsburgh.
The Senators are 3-2-1 against Pittsburgh under Paul MacLean.
Ottawa could clinch a playoff spot tonight with a little help. An Ottawa win coupled with a Jets regulation loss gets Ottawa into the post season.
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