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VERSUS Game of the Night: Clash of the Titans

Wednesday, 04.11.2007 / 10:07 AM ET / News
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VERSUS Game of the Night: Clash of the Titans
The upstart Pens vs. the powerful Sens

The most anticipated Eastern Conference quarterfinal match-up begins tonight when the Ottawa Senators take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. on VERSUS. The Penguins posted a 3-1 mark against the Senators this season, with Pittsburgh taking the final three in the regular season set.

NHL phenom and Art Ross Trophy recipient Sidney Crosby gets his first taste of playoff action when his Penguins take on one of the league’s most feared trios of offensive talent in Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson. The threesome powers an Ottawa offense that ranked second in the NHL with 288 goals. Pittsburgh also possesses significant offensive punch with Crosby and other young stars like Evegeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, along with veterans Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts.

Along the blue line, the Senators have four players who have tallied at least 30 points this season in Tom Pressing, Wade Redden, Joe Corvo and Andrej Meszaros. The Penguins defensive corps are led by the tandem of veteran Sergei Gonchar with the young and talented Ryan Whitney. Between the pipes both clubs will go with players who will make their postseason debut with Ottawa’s Ray Emery battling the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Penguins made a statement at this year’s trade deadline acquiring former Panthers forward Gary Roberts along with tough guy George Laraque to compliment their young nucleus of talent. The Senators, with their high octane of offense, have been positioned by many hockey analysts as the Stanley Cup favorites since day one, but they will have their hands full with a Penguins club that will put it all on the line each night and has nothing to lose.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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