(UPDATE 2:21 PM)- Paul MacLean has confirmed what has been speculated the last couple days- Jason Spezza is ready to return to the Ottawa Senators line up. The Sens number one centre has been out of the line up since January 27. A huge boost for this team as they return to Scotiabank Place for Game 3.
In Game 1, the Ottawa Senators may have been guilty of giving their opponents a little bit too much respect. That has to change tonight.
The Senators play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-final at the Consol Energy Center and will be looking to earn a much needed split in the Steel City. With a win tonight the Sens can take back home ice advantage before returning to Scotiabank Place this weekend. Game 3 goes on Sunday night in Ottawa.
The National Hockey League has announced the nominees for the Jack Adams Award and Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean is one of the three finalists.
MacLean has done a terrific job this season, leading his team to a playoff spot despite a ridiculous run of injuries that threatened to derail his team's season. Joel Quennnville in Chicago and Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim are the other finalists.
Game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-final goes tomorrow night in Pittsburgh with the Ottawa Senators looking to grab a split in the Steel City before the scene shifts to Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
There were rumblings of Jason Spezza making a return in time for that game but Head Coach Paul MacLean all but dismissed that possibility during his media availability on Wednesday, saying that the team’s top centre would not be available for the second game of the series. MacLean suggested that Spezza has significant work to do before returning to the line up.
It certainly wasn’t the start the Ottawa Senators were hoping for on Tuesday night but likely one that fans were at least prepared for.
The powerful Pittsburgh Penguins team, which looked extremely beatable at times, dominated the special teams battle and cruised to an easy 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-final. Plenty of positives for the Senators to take away from this one, but in the playoffs, a loss is a loss. Game 2 goes on Friday night.