National Hockey League
Preview
Ottawa at Pittsburgh
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 13, 2014
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With the playoffs on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to rest many of their regulars for Sunday's regular-season finale against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Coach Dan Bylsma didn't exercise that plan on Saturday afternoon, as captain Sidney Crosby and company were on the ice in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Keystone State-rival Philadelphia. While Pittsburgh dropped four of the five meetings with the Flyers, it won all five contests against Columbus - its first-round opponent.

Ottawa isn't heading to the playoff party, but it enters Sunday's finale on a season high-tying four-game winning streak. Craig Anderson stopped all 28 shots he faced in the Senators' 1-0 victory over provincial-rival Toronto on Saturday. Anderson also was perfect on Dec. 23, when he posted a 27-save performance in Ottawa's 5-0 triumph over the Penguins.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, TVA (Ottawa), ROOT (Pittsburgh)

ABOUT THE SENATORS (36-31-14): Jason Spezza scored on Saturday for his fourth goal in as many games and 23rd of the season. The captain traditionally has torched Pittsburgh, collecting 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 35 career contests. Spezza sits two goals shy of team leader Kyle Turris, who has recorded just one assist in his last seven games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (51-24-6): Jussi Jokinen reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in his career when he scored two minutes into Saturday's contest. The 31-year-old Finn has recorded two goals and two assists during his four-game point streak - and set up a tally in Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Feb. 3. Jokinen, however, has yet to score a goal in 22 career meetings with the Senators.

OVERTIME

1. Pittsburgh D Kris Letang scored the tying goal late in the third period on Saturday, minutes after he got into a heated physical battle with Philadelphia LW Scott Hartnell. Letang had been sidelined for over two months following a stroke.

2. Ottawa also won four in a row from Dec. 28-Jan. 4.

3. Crosby has an NHL-best 104 points but none against the Senators this season.

PREDICTION: Senators 4, Penguins 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Ottawa 36-31-7-7 W4 18-17-3-3 18-14-4-4 4-12-1-1 32-19-6-6 14-9-2-5
Pittsburgh 51-24-4-2 L1 28-9-1-2 23-15-3-0 5-4-1-0 46-20-3-2 ---
Last Meeting
Ottawa Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/3/14 OTT 1 PIT 2 (OT) 25 46 0-2 48 24 1-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Ottawa C. Conacher 1
Pittsburgh R. Bortuzzo 1
Goals Player  
Ottawa S. Da Costa 1
Pittsburgh B. Gibbons 1
Assists Player  
Ottawa C. Conacher 1
Pittsburgh R. Bortuzzo 1
Saves Player  
Ottawa C. Anderson 46
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 24
Season
Total Points Player  
Ottawa E. Karlsson 78
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 107
Goals Player  
Ottawa C. MacArthur 25
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 37
Assists Player  
Ottawa E. Karlsson 58
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 70
Saves Player  
Ottawa C. Anderson 1586
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 1669
Quickchart Matchup
Ottawa Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.8 GF
2.49 GA
32.8 Shots
28.7 Shots
48 PP
36 PK
Pittsburgh Off vs  Ottawa Def
2.96 GF
3.16 GA
30 Shots
34.8 Shots
64 PP
60 PK