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Game Preview: Pens-Sens (Game 3)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens travel to Canada's capital for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Senators

SERIES: Eastern Conference Final, 1-1

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: Canadian Tire Centre

TV: NBCSN
RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The Pens rebounded to even their series against Ottawa with a 1-0 victory in Game 2. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his franchise-best 10th playoff shutout with a 23 saves. Phil Kessel scored the lone Pens' goal, his 6th of the playoffs … The big question for the Pens will be the availability of defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust. Schultz and Rust left early in the first period of Game 2 with upper-body injuries while Hornqvist was scratched due to an upper-body injury. Mark Streit would be a likely replacement for Schultz … Evgeni Malkin extended his NHL-leading points total to 20 (6G-14) with an assist in Game 2 … Scott Wilson recorded a career-high 10 hits in Game 2, including 4 on a single shift. Carter Rowney and Chad Ruhwedel both recorded 7 hits. The Pens outhit Ottawa, 50-36, overall … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (lower-body), Hornqvist (upper-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Rust (upper-body), Schultz (upper-body) … Ottawa was 22-17-2 in the regular season at home, including 2-0 against Pittsburgh, and 5-2 in the playoffs … The Game 2 shutout was the first time this postseason that the Sens were held to zero goals ... Goalie Craig Anderson stopped 28 of 29 shots in the Game 2 loss … Ottawa injuries: Mark Borowiecki (lower-body), Viktor Stalberg (undisclosed).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Hornqvist, Rust and Schultz will not play tonight. They are still day-to-day. Daley and Streit will be game-time decisions. 

*Hornqvist and Rust skated on their own in warmups before the skate.

*Schultz took the ice 15 minutes before morning skate in full gear. He skated for a few minutes before leaving. He did not join the rest of the team during the session. 

*Trevor Daley skated and did line rushes. The Pens used the following workflow...

Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary

Kunitz-Malkin-Kessel

Hagelin-Bonino-Wilson

Kuhnhackl/Archibald-Cullen-Rowney

Dumoulin-Hainsey

Maatta-Daley

Cole-Ruhwedel

Streit-Gaunce

*PP1: Streit at midpoint. Guentzel at net-front. Crosby, Malkin, Kessel in their usual positions. 

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