Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Behind The Mask

No one can deny that the senators looked good against the Penguins. They carried the play for the vast majority of the series and did a good job of shutting down the young guns. However, they struggled at times to break down the Penguins last line of defence, Marc-Andre Fleury. While they scored 18 goals in 5 games a third of those came on the powerplay and only 11 came at 5 0n 5.

As the Devils are the least penalized team in the NHL the sens won't be able to count on the man advantage to fuel Spezza and Heatley's offence (someone told me that he is the first player in NHL history to have his first 5 playoff goals come via the PP can anyone confirm that?). And once they get past the vaunted Devils defence they won't find a 22 year old kid making his playoff debut. They'll run into one of the most decorated goalies in hockey history. The sens will need their secondary scoring to keep contributing because Madden-Pandolfo-Brylin will probably do a good job of shutting down the Pizza Line. If the sens lose it will likely be because the greatest goalie in hockey history will have shut them down. Here's a preview of what your nightmares will resemble:

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