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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators Playoff Predictions

We have a saying here at PenguinPoop that “We have more hockey knowledge in our body than you have in your entire pinky“, that just being a little humor and all, the “body” of people writing here at PenguinPoop have probably been to more Penguin games in their lifetime than any other collection of Pittsburgh Penguin writers on the internet.  With that I give you some of our eight contributors predictions of how the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators playoff series will end up, starting with STH35 who’s been a Penguins season ticket holder for 36 years.

0sthSTH35: Predicting the outcome of the Senator-Penguin first round match-up is no easy task.  Ottawa has a decent team, the Penguins have a better one.  I wanted to say that the winner of the series would depend on what Penguin team shows up, but Ottawa has been more of a mystery than Pittsburgh.  They were 8-11 since the Olympic break.  The stretches went like this —  1-8 in the first nine, 7-1 in the next eight, and finished by losing their last two.  Not much consistency there. Eight of their last eleven losses came against non-playoff teams, including twice to Toronto.  The Penguins were 11-9 after the Olympics.  They were also streaky through that stretch — 4-0, then 2-6, and finishing 5-3.  It wasn’t really the wins and losses that were inconsistent that were bothersome.  It was the way they played — long stretches of poor play every game.  Undisciplined penalties took their team out of their game and giveaways galore — all things that can’t be done during the playoffs. I think the Penguins are good enough to understand the weak points in their game, and will do something about it.  Ottawa will not go down easy, as they do have some battlers in their lineup.  Penguins in six – another series won on the road. 

0pkPhil Krundle: I’ve said it a few times this season the the Senators are great looking team, on paper that is. The offensive skill they possess makes them one of the top offensive teams in the NHL and this is what makes this match up scary. The Pens have had two different teams the entire season, one team that shows up and plays incredible hard hustling hockey and another team that lolligags around the ice. I truly believe that we will not see the Penguin lolligagger team on the ice in the playoffs. The Senators leader Daniel Alfredsson is one of the best divers in the NHL, but with the Penguins penalty kill playing the way they are, that should negate his Greg Louganis ancestry. Which brings up the Penguins powerplay. I have never been a person to yell shoot the puck at a Penguin game and I never will be. So I’m saying it now. SHOOT THE PUCK. Studies done by people high up in the NHL have determined that shooting the puck is the best way to score goals. This is odd to say with such a young team, but the Penguins have the upper hand in playoff experience. Throw in the the Senators poor defensive play and them not having a goaltender that has ever played a game in the NHL playoffs the Pens win a not very hard fought series in 5 games.

Southside Shultzie: There has been a phenomena for years where ex Penguins players score at will against us.  For that to hold true in the Pens opening playoff series vs Ottawa it will be up to Jarko Ruutu.  The torn ACL suffered by Alex Kovalev will prevent him from scoring at all this playoff season but don’t count out the Senators!  There is an old saying about an injured dog being the most vicious!  Jason Spezza has been a notorious pain in the arse for the Penguins as is Daniel Alfredsson.  That said, I’m calling the Pens in a hard fought 7 game series! I’m also calling that Ottawa’s 3rd jersey is among the worst in the NHL.  “SENS”?  If they wear that sweater I am calling for a shutout 4-0 by the Pens!

Jean Pronovost:  The Pens enter the 2009/2010 playoffs matched up against the Ottawa Senators for the third time in four years with each team having won one of the previous two meetings.  The Pens split their season series against Ottawa this year 2 – 2 with each team winning once and losing once at home.  The only game that I could find any kind of aberration in was the Penguins 8 – 2 victory at Mellon Arena on December 23, a game that featured the return of goalie Pascal Leclaire after an extended absence due to a knee injury followed up by being hit in the face with a puck while sitting on the bench.  His extended absence was noticed quickly as the Pens put 5 pucks past him in succession in the second period before he was yanked for Brian Elliot, the current Senators goalie.  Jason Spezza also missed that game for Ottawa. Neither Ottawa nor Pittsburgh is on any kind of a roll entering the playoffs with Ottawa having won only 8 of their previous 19 games and Pittsburgh having won 10 of their previous 19 not counting the season finale against the Islanders.  Both teams seem to be having problems scoring right now as they both have only scored over 3 goals in a game 6 times in those final 19 contests.  Both teams have been average defensively and the goaltending has also been shaky at times. What this series is going to come down, I believe, is the goaltending, and while Brian Elliot has looked good at times, he just doesn’t have the playoff resume that Marc-Andre Fluery has.  Ottawa also doesn’t seem to have the scoring depth that Pittsburgh does (When they are actually scoring).  After Spezza and Alfredsson, Ottawa doesn’t seem to have many guys that can put the puck in the net with the consistency of Crosby, Malkin, Guerin, Staal, and Gonchar.  Ottawa has only four 20 goal scorers, but none over 25.  The guys they acquired in the Dany Heatley trade, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo just did not pan out for them offensively with Michalek scoring 34 points and Cheechoo, before he was shipped off to the minors for salary cap reasons only scoring 14.  And now Ottawa will take another hit as their fourth leading scorer, Alexei Kovalev will miss the playoffs entirely with a torn ACL. The Pens, on the other hand, seem to be in pretty good shape health wise with the return of both Malkin and Gonchar to the line up. My prediction – Pens in 5

0hookDr. Hook: For some reason there seem to be more skeptics around than last season when folks were asking have they run out of gas since loosing in the Finals to the Red Wings… our Flightless birdies have played a ton of games but I see things looking a little on the bright side once again.We are healthy down the middle – the defense appears ready – even Goligoski has wiped the sand from his eyes and Leopold just may be the best player picked up at the trade deadline.  Ottawa is as tough of a foe as Montreal, Philadelphia, and Boston as a first round opponent.  Could we be had?  Of course we can and anyone who has been around long enough can attest to that.  However… I see the series going 5 to 6 games with the Penguins then going-on to the second round.The reason is this: Malkin has missed about 20% of the season and Gonchar more than that.  The amount of games played in the last two years is amazing plus the Pens had their fair share playing key roles in the Olympics.  Fleury while there is another factor.  While some people like to rate him as an under performer, his demeanor makes him much like Tommy Barrasso in that he shrugs off the pressure and the fact that he doesn’t let facing a lot of quality chances bother him too much. Write this down – no goalie, not even Broduer has won as many playoff games as Fleury during the past two-years.  Fleury has turned into a big game big save player.  Add to that the down the middle strength with Staal growing into a Selke candidate favorite.  The PP comes alive the PK remains a key factor and the Pens go to work knowing what it takes to get the end result. Jump up and down all you want, Chicago and Washington fans, but the Penguin train is about to begin roll… I’m getting FIRED UP… I wish we were playing tonight…  Beware the Penguin.

dunlopReg Dunlop: The Penguins have done anything but convince me that they are able to pick up the level of play for the playoffs.  In fact, they would have to pick up their level to allow them to beat Robert Morris in a 7 games series.  So, they will have to pick their level of play up several notches to have any success in the playoffs.  With that said, I think the Pens can and will come together in these playoffs.  I think it will start against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.  I am far from convinced it will be an easy series.  Even with the loss of Alexei Kovalev, I think the Sens will give our boys a tough series.  I would feel better had the Penguins created some momentum heading in to the playoffs, but I think they can do it.  I like Pittsburgh in Six.

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  1. Sensfan's Gravatar Sensfan
    April 15, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Guess the pens underestimated the sens as much as you guys. Keep it up and you’ll be interviewing the Pens on the golf course in a week.

  2. WhereImI's Gravatar WhereImI
    April 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    i think the pins will win 5 games. ya they are dang good put the senators will put up a good fight against them. im not trying to diss on the pins they had a hell of a good year just through the strech they were shakie. if they come to play they will win it if not then there is always next year.

  3. TheMightyO's Gravatar TheMightyO
    April 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    The bigger your heads are, the harder you fall and hurt your heads Sens in 6.

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      April 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Maybe you need to read my prediction agaaaayn! I had Pens in 7!

  4. 877111's Gravatar 877111
    April 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    You guys sound too sure of yourselves, I think it is going seven games. The Senators I bet can step it up a notch also + they are underdogs. They also made some pretty good aquisitions. Pens in 7 the hard way.

  5. Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
    April 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    @Reg Dunlap

    Think they have to pick up their game to beat RMU in 7, eh? WTF…… I sense some Dunlap doubt here. Say it isn’t so.

    • April 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      Maybe a bit of disappointment at the way the Pens finished up, but I don’t doubt that they will pull it together, ultimately. That is why I picked them to win. I hope they show me up and wrap this one up in 4. Don’t worry Boom, my blood runs black and gold.

  6. dekhead33's Gravatar dekhead33
    April 13, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I’m going to say the “Pens step it up” and take it in 4. I had to be the first to say sweep.

  7. Ron Malore's Gravatar Ron Malore
    April 13, 2010 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Facts are facts and it’s a fact that Ottawa’s offense isn’t comparable to the Penguin offense. The Penguins with all the problems finding wingers – Ray Shero does finds them. Billy (the Kid) Guerin, Alex Ponikarovsky (don’t count him out) and although Chris Kunitz is a question-mark health wise if he’s even playing and can Rusty Fedotenko really raise his game a few notches once the second season begins. Sid the Kid Crosby and Geno Malkin’s immense talent is far superior to Ottawa. Ottawa’s strength in my opinion comes from toughness on defense where Anton Volchenkov, Chris Phillips, and Andy Sutton – they also have (3) in your face forwards in Jarkko Ruutu, Mike Fisher and Chris Neil who will make the Pens pay for everything they get. I think the Pens fire power is too much for the Senators and if they get the PP clicking it’s all but over——– Pens in 5.

  8. DHisaDB's Gravatar DHisaDB
    April 13, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Senators in 5. Ruutu hounds Malkin, offense falls apart and Fluery gets pulled every game after 4 goals in first, just like all season.

    • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
      April 13, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      If Ruutu is the main person Malkin has to worry about, I’ll say Pens in 3.

      • Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
        April 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

        Y I K E S — Geno’s gonna get Jark-ko’d. I’m going with the pens in 3 too! LMAO

      • McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
        April 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        I’m in for Pens in 3 also. The Pens will beat them so bad the first three Alfredsson talks his team into forfeiting game 4.

  9. NSiracusa's Gravatar NSiracusa
    April 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I think S.E.N.S is an acronym for washed up, but i’ve never been very good at acronyms.

    • DHisaDB's Gravatar DHisaDB
      April 13, 2010 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      P.E.N.S is an acronym for OVER RATED, I was never very good at it either.

      • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
        April 13, 2010 at 7:03 am | Permalink

        Yes, because over rated often make it to the Cup Finals two years in a row. I would be more inclined to believe that Washington and San Jose are over rated putting up such gaudy regular season numbers but never accomplishing ANYTHING

  10. TimT's Gravatar TimT
    April 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Pens in 6 – Fleury better get his game on track fast.

  11. Ryan's Gravatar Ryan
    April 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I think the Pens have been toying with other teams, maybe toying is a poor choice of words, but they have not been trying real hard. They have kept themselves in the playoff race and did not kill themselves night after night. almost all of them know what needs to be done to win the cup. Pens in 5, every once in a while you have one of those games where all the bounces go the wrong way.

  12. ActiveStick's Gravatar ActiveStick
    April 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    You guys are giving Ottawa way too much credit, the games that we lost to them, the pens were complete MASH units. They are not the Sens of two years ago. If the Pens stay healthy, they are going to blow through the Sens in 4 easily.

  13. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    April 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Pens in 5.


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