The Pittsburgh Penguins return to game action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena.
The contest marks the first game in two and a half weeks for the Penguins, who headed into the Olympic break with two-straight road wins. In addition, after not playing all season until the first week of February, Wednesday’s meeting marks the third contest between the two squads in the Penguins’ last seven games.
The Penguins (14-34-11) are eager to return to the ice. They posted a 4-3 win at Eastern Conference-leader Carolina on Feb. 10 and followed it the next day with a 6-3 thumping in Washington.
The Penguins welcome back their two Olympians – defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forward Tomas Surovy. Gonchar had two assists for Russia as it finished fourth overall, while Surovy had one goal in six games for Slovakia. Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin, the 2004 second-overall pick, averaged a point per game for Russia. He finished with two goals and four assists in six games.
The Senators (37-14-5) had a gold medalist as Daniel Alfredsson led Sweden to the championship over Finland in Torino. However, Ottawa may have lost goaltender Dominik Hasek for an extended period. Playing in the Czech Republic’s first game, Hasek sustained a leg injury six minutes into the contest and did not play again in Torino. His status remains questionable.
FSN Pittsburgh will televise Wednesday’s contest at 7:30 p.m., while 3WS (94.5 FM) will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 3WS and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.
A busy March greets the Penguins, who play nine of their remaining 12 home games in the month. Two great promotions await fans at the last two games of the Penguins’ three-game homestand. All fans ages 14 and under will receive a Penguins youth sports watch Saturday as the Penguins remain in Pittsburgh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh closes its three-game set at Mellon Arena on March 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. All fans in attendance will receive the final installment in the Classic Penguins DVD Series, which highlights the Penguins’ 1992 victory over Chicago to clinch a second-straight Stanley Cup championship.