FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

7 p.m., Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre TV: Sport­snet 360, City; RA­DIO: TSN 1200, Unique 94.5

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1 Be­ware the turnover night­mare

Twice this week, Mon­treal turned tight games into big leads by pounc­ing on the er­ror-prone Sen­a­tors. For years, the Pen­guins have proven to be a quick strike club.

2 Re­place­ment bod­ies

The ex­act na­ture and ex­tent of in­juries to Matt Duch­ene and Bobby Ryan won’t be known un­til Satur­day, but in the short-term, new­com­ers will be needed to some­how fill the void for the Se­naors.

3 Al­ter­ing the line com­bi­na­tions

Re­lated to the in­jury sit­u­a­tion, Sen­a­tors coach Guy Boucher has no choice but to move his for­wards around to best ef­fect. In Duch­ene’s ab­sence, does rookie Colin White be­come a first line cen­tre?

4 Sense of the oc­ca­sion

In the past, the fear of be­ing em­bar­rassed by the likes of Sid­ney Crosby and Ev­geni Malkin has brought out the best of the Sen­a­tors. They’ll need to find all the mo­ti­va­tion the can get against a Pen­guins team that has re-dis­cov­ered its groove.

5 Sus­tain­ing the spe­cial teams suc­cess

White scored on the lone Sen­a­tors power play Thurs­day and the oft-crit­i­cized Sen­a­tors short­handed units have al­lowed only one goal in the past seven games, killing off 14 of 15 chances.

Pen­guins’ Ev­geni Malkin has 10 goals and 33 points through 27 games.

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