FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
7 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre TV: Sportsnet 360, City; RADIO: TSN 1200, Unique 94.5
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.