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Senators look to cool off Penguins tonight

Tuesday, 03.6.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators look to cool off Penguins tonight
Pittsburgh Penguins young stars Sidney Crosby, left, and Evgeni Malkin, right, look on during Pittsburgh's morning skate today at Scotiabank Place.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators will try to strengthen their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings tonight when they host Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Gary Roberts and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place. With 81 points, the Senators enter the game leading the Penguins by two points, but Pittsburgh has played one less game.

The Senators and Penguins are set to face off on two other occasions before the regular seasons ends, and Senators head coach Bryan Murray knows Pittsburgh will be a tough opponent down the stretch and for years to come.

"We knew (the Penguins) were going to be a very good hockey team," Murray said after his team's morning skate today. "When you have top young players like that, it gives you opportunity. When you get veteran people (Gary Roberts and Georges Laraque were acquired at the NHL trade deadline last week), it addresses issues in the dressing room. These guys have been there before. They've competed hard in the playoffs and they're an example for the young guys to follow."

Leading the way for Pittsburgh this season is phenom Sidney Crosby who leads the NHL with 98 points. Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips spoke about what it'll take to keep Crosby in check tonight.

"Like any time you play against a top-ranked player, you have to be in his face as much as possible. You try to stay on him and not give him time with the puck. These are fun games. You have to raise your level when you play the best players in the league."

While Crosby will be a focus, Phillips' defensive partner Anton Volchenkov says other Penguins can also hurt you.

"Pittsburgh is playing very good, and it's not just Crosby. They have Malkin, Roberts, (Sergei) Gonchar, (Jordan) Staal. They're a pretty solid team. Marc-André Fleury is a good goalie, too."

After missing practice yesterday with a sore shoulder Senators forward Peter Schaefer will be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kelly will be a game-time decision with a wrist injury.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 52 11 44 2 55
B. Ryan 51 18 26 -2 44
M. Hoffman 48 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 50 13 23 -14 36
M. Zibanejad 51 10 21 -4 31
K. Turris 46 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 52 12 7 2 19
C. Ceci 45 5 10 -3 15
Z. Smith 51 9 4 5 13
C. Lazar 47 3 9 -3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 20 17 4 .912 2.95
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10