Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Game #60 - vs Senators

Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins

Ottawa - 37-14-5 - 79 pts - Second in East
Pittsburgh - 14-34-11 - 39 pts - Last in East

The last time the Pens played the Sens, it was obvious just how wide the gulf was between one of the best teams in the league and one of the worst. Tonight, we get to see how much difference a month (almost) makes. I'm guessing the difference won't be much.

The Pens are at full strength for the most part, with no significant injuries, and Michel Ouellet returning after missing a few games. Erik Christensen will also be with the team.

For the Senators, the big news is the injury to Dominik Hasek. The Pens will face Ray Emery tonight in net. The Senators also had seven other players in Turin, so they may be a little tired.

The Pens start their final stretch of games - they have 23 remaining. Last year, the team went 12-5-3 in their last 20 games. Is there a similar stretch coming this year? I wouldn't be surprised, but then again, I've been guilty of unfounded optimism in the past...

Let's go Pens!

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