NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (Game 1)

By Stephanie Lewark
Marc DesRosiers – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Round 2, Game 1 of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators will be televised on RDS, CBC and NBC Sports Network. Face off is set for 7:30pm (est) at CONSOL Energy Center.

After head coach, Dan Bylsma, refused to tell the media who would be starting in net for the Penguins in Game 1 tonight against the Senators for the past few days, Tomas Vokoun confirmed earlier today that he got the nod as the net minder.  This is a surprising decision coming from Bylsma (not typical of him), but the team may as well ride out Vokoun’s current excellent performance in net until he has a bad game. 

Another question to be answered tonight would be whether the Senators will allow Matt Cooke to be a distraction like the previous game.  They were more concerned with getting retribution than winning the game.  That wouldn’t necessarily be such a bad thing for the Penguins.

Bylsma told the media at the start of the playoffs that discussion of lines was off limits, so the projected line combinations are based on this morning’s skate, as usual:

FORWARDS: Pascal DupuisSidney CrosbyJarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal, Brenden MorrowBrandon Sutter-Cooke, Craig Adams-Joe Vitale-Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass-Jussi Jokinen-Beau Bennett (Dustin Jeffrey); DEFENSEMEN: Brooks OrpikPaul Martin, Kris Letang-Matt Niskanen, Douglas Murray-Deryk Engelland, Mark Eaton-Simon Despres (Robert Bortuzzo).

Power play Unit 1: Letang, Iginla, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz;
Power play Unit 2: Niskanen, Martin, Kennedy, Neal, Morrow.

The starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Vokoun.

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Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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