The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010 and will square off against familiar playoff foe, the Ottawa Senators. This series marks the fourth time in seven years the Penguins and Senators have faced each other in the playoffs.
Ottawa made quick work of the Montreal Canadiens, the Eastern Conference’s second seed, beating the Habs in five games. Senators goalie, Craig Anderson was a big reason for the quick series. Anderson stopped 171 of 180 shots he faced in the opening series, sporting a 1.80 Goals Against Average (fifth best) and a .950 Save Percentage (second best).
“It’s definitely not going to be easy. That goes for many games for the rest of the year.”
SCOUTING THE SENATORS
Aggressive on the Forecheck
The Senators are one of the better teams on the forecheck in the NHL. They don’t make it easy to get out of your own end. Look for Ottawa to push the Penguins to make quick decisions with the puck in their own end, much like the New York Islanders did in Round One.
Craig Anderson would’ve likely run away with the Veznia Trophy had he been healthy all season. Anderson doesn’t get enough credit around the NHL. When he’s locked in, the Sens are incredibly tough to beat.
You hear a lot about Erik Karlsson and Sergei Gonchar and how they’re swift, puck-moving defensemen. However, the rest of the defensive unit for the Senators are a bruising bunch.
- Jared Cowen: 6’5″, 230 pounds
- Eric Gryba: 6’4″, 222 pounds
- Marc Methot: 6’3″, 231 pounds
- Chris Phillips: 6’3″, 221 pounds
BY THE NUMBERS
Tomas Vokoun is 6-12-0 lifetime vs the Ottawa Senators with a .902 Save Percentage and a 3.20 Goals Against Average in 19 appearances. Vokoun was 1-0 against the Sens this year with a .971 Save Percentage and a 1.00 GAA.
Marc-Andre Fleury is 9-8-1 lifetime vs the Sens with a .898 Save Percentage and a 3.34 GAA in 22 games. This season, Fleury was 2-0 against the Sens with a .951 Save Percentage and a 1.44 GAA.
Craig Anderson is 4-4-2 against the Penguins in his career, sporting a .919 Save Percentage and a 2.48 GAA. Anderson was 0-2-1 this season with a .909 Save Percentage and a 2.61 GAA against the Pens.
Matt Cooke has four points (3g-1A) in his last four playoff games against the Senators. Cooke scored a pair of regulation goals in that 2010 Game Six series-clincher.
Chris Neil had 29 hits to lead the Senators in Round One.
Kyle Turris has goals in three consecutive games for the Senators
The Senators gave up an average of 36 shots per game against the Canadiens.
Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson lead the Senators with six points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Pascal Dupuis all have six-game points streaks for the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby has scored at least a point in all five games in which he’s played.
Evgeni Malkin has picked up at least one point in 11 of 15 career playoff games against the senators (6g-13A-19PTs). 11 of Malkin’s points (4g-7A) have come on the power play.
Kyle Turris, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cory Conacher are all lead the Senators with three goals each.
Pascal Dupuis leads the Penguins with five goals.
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