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Projected lineups for Penguins, Senators

Saturday, 03.24.2012 / 1:33 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Penguins, Senators
KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for a Saturday night game between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS

Colin GreeningJason SpezzaMilan Michalek
Zack SmithKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno – Jim O’Brien – Chris Neil
Rob KlinkhammerKaspars DaugavinsErik Condra

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsMatt Carkner

Ben Bishop
Craig Anderson

Bobby Butler, Zenon Konopka, Matt Gilroy and Alex Auld are the healthy scratches. Matt Carkner returns to the lineup after sitting the past 12 games.

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzEvgeni MalkinJames Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan StaalPascal Dupuis
Matt CookeSidney CrosbyTyler Kennedy
Eric TangradiCraig Adams – Aaron Asham

Paul MartinKris Letang
Brooks OrpikZbynek Michalek
Ben LovejoyDeryk Engelland

Brad Thiessen
Marc-Andre Fleury

Matt Niskanen (unspecified) and Joe Vitale (upper-body) are both day-to-day and did not travel with the team. Brent Johnson (unspecified) is also day-to-day. Richard Park and Dustin Jeffrey are the healthy scratches.

Crosby admitted the ability to vault into first place in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Senators on Saturday night is in the back of the Pens’ minds.

“It’s something we’re aware of and we want to get it but I think if we focus on the way we need to play, those things will take care of themselves,” Crosby said.  “We’ve got some games here before playoffs and we want to make sure we’re playing the right way.”

The Pittsburgh captain also continues to feel better on the ice, but he still wants to work on his timing.

“I’m just (trying to) get comfortable with the speed and decisions,” he said. “There’s so many aspects that go into a full, complete game. You kind of have to learn on the fly, sometimes. There’s only so much you can do as far as practicing – you have to get into games. I think the speed and the decision making takes a little longer (to get back).”
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