Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (L) and Sidney Crosby go onto the ice at the end of their NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 7, 2012.
(Photo : REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY))
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to bounce back from a tough weekend when they take on the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
The Penguins held the Atlantic division lead until they took on the New Jersey Devils face-off in a home-and-home series. In both matches, Pittsburgh gave up three straight goals to the Devils en route to two 3-1 losses.
"I think we just need to play a little bit more in the opponents' zone," Captain Sidney Crosby said Tuesday. "Our offensive-zone time has got to get a little bit better. I think we saw on the weekend that's something that kind of went against the way we wanted to play. [The Devils] played a lot of time in our end. That's something we usually pride ourselves on, so I think we want to improve in that area."
Crosby was held without a single point in the two games while reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin was limited to one assist in both matches.
The Penguins will take on an Ottawa Senators team that has won just two times in February. The Senators are coming off a solid 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Goalie Craig Anderson continued his tremendous season with his second shutout of the year; Anderson now sports a 1.36 goals against average in 11 games and has saved 95.6 percent of the shots he has faced.
"I'm just giving the team a chance to win," Anderson said after the victory. "I'm trying to control my rebounds as best as possible. The guys in front are doing a great job of boxing out and cleaning up any garbage, and it allows me to see the puck."
This is the second of three meetings in the 2012-13 season. On Jan. 27, the Penguins defeated Ottawa 2-1 in a shootout.
Ottawa Wins If...Craig Anderson continues his excellent play and continues to shutdown the Penguins. The Senators should also learn from New Jersey and keep the puck in Pittsburgh's zone as much as possible.
Pittsburgh Wins If... Its superstars shine. Crosby and Malkin are the two best players in this matchup and need to will this team to victory.
Prediction: Another overtime match but Ottawa wins 3-2.
Start Time: 7 PM EST
TV: TSN, ROOT