Pittsburgh Penguins (36-22-7, 79 pts) at Ottawa Senators (36-23-6, 78 pts)
There is a four-way log jam at the top of the Eastern Conference, and Pens and Sens hold the third and fourth spots, respectively.
The Pens will be short-handed, again, when they face the Sens. Hossa is out and Ryan Whitney is day to day with a strained groin, which means he may not play. James and Goligoski have been called up.
How long will the Pens be able to weather the storm of injuries? How much more can they take? They'll have to hold on for another week - that is when Crosby and Hossa are expected to be available. The team can't afford a three or four game losing streak at this point of the season.
The biggest stat of the day for me:
Ottawa is 6-11-2 since Jan. 19.
You read something like that, and you just smile.
Let's Go Pens!