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Sens vs. Penguins - Game #6 Preview

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight and look to extend the series to a seventh game.

We'll briefly talk about Game 5 in a little bit but like the team, we're dumping it and moving on. The Sens practiced yesterday at Canadian Tire Centre for the first time in a while but head coach Guy Boucher stressed that it was more about resetting than skating.

"The main focus wasn't necessarily on the ice but just to come back and refresh so we don't have to touch on Game 5 on Tuesday morning," Boucher shared with the media yesterday. "Today's a new day and I wanted to make sure that we knew what we needed to focus on and reload mentally, physically and emotionally."

"We can't be sitting in our mud puddle. We have to get up and go."

A glut of players will be ready to go tonight as Boucher confirmed that Erik Karlsson, Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci will all be in the line-up after not finishing Sunday's game. Mark Borowiecki, who resumed skating with the team a few days ago is also a possibility while injured winger Alex Burrows seems to be doubtful for Game 6 tonight.

Video: May 22: Guy Boucher - Practice Media

 

Previous game

Not going to spend too much time of Game 5. Things went south pretty quickly in Pittsburgh on Sunday and the Sens were never really able to get off the ground. It was an off night for everyone including Craig Anderson who didn't make it out of the first period. "We're all human and we all have bad days," said Anderson after yesterday's team practice at CTC. "Sunday was a bad day for all of us."

The Sens also took it on the chin on special teams in Game 5 surrending 3 power play goals on 3 attempts by the Penguins while simultaneously going 0 for 4 on the man advantage.

The highlights are below but I'd skip them if I were you. We're moving past that game around here...

Video: OTT Recap: Offense absent in Senators' Game 5 loss

 

Sens to watch

In the team's two previous Game 6's duing this post-season, Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Erik Karlsson have lead the Sens offensively with each recording a goal and two assists over those games. Craig Anderson has also been a difference maker in Game 6's this year stopping a cominbed 65 of the 69 shots he faced from the Rangers and Bruins.

Video: Craig Anderson greets wife Nicholle after Game 6 win

     

    Red Zone

    The Red Zone opens at 5 p.m. tonight and will remain open for Game 6. Fans not able to attend the game can still cheer on the Sens from the Red Zone and catch all the action on the 10' x 20' screen.

    Click here for more details about the Red Zone.

     

    Broadcast

    Can't make it to CTC tonight? Catch all the action on CBC and TVAS starting at 8 p.m. or if you are in need of a great spot to watch the game with other rabid Sens fans (besides the Red Zone) check out our list of official Sens Army Headquarters for the playoffs here.

     

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