Playoffs Preview and Live Thread, May 17

Justin K. Aller

Tonight, the Sens battle the stubborn Pens at the Consol Energy Center. The Avs face a round of margaritas and an equally stubborn slot machine in Las Vegas.

Just one game tonight. Pittsburgh took Ottawa to school in a 4-1 victory that saw stellar performances from Evgeni Malkin (1G, 1A) and Tomas Vokoun (36 SA).


#7 Ottawa Senators at #2 Pittsburgh Penguins

7:30 pm Eastern, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS

The Sens lost game one but according to Mark Parisi of Silver Seven we shouldn't expect the same story tonight:

Good adjustments appear to be a big part of head coach Paul MacLean's playbook. We saw it all year with the injury situation. We saw it when the team was on a 5-game losing streak--a tailspin that threatened to kill its playoff hopes. We saw it in game three against Montreal when the team responded to a 3-1 loss with a 6-1 victory.

However, as Hooks Orpik of PensBurgh notes, MacLean will have to figure out how to stop the Pens' dynamic offense:

Perhaps as expected, since they've only had a few games to mesh, but the chemistry between the top lines is growing right before our very lines. Dupuis looks fine on the left wing (a change for him) and Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla are gelling more and more every shift. For the other big line, there's no doubting the chemistry between Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.


Should be a good game.

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