I'll say it again - Gotta feel for EK. No matter how far the Sens go, he has a long way to strengthen the Achilles back up. It's just what the injury is all about. You have to feel for him because mentally he is ready but his strength just isn't there. His skating is affected badly.
EK should sit. He doesn't have the leg/foot strength.
I wonder if Spezza plays, will he be at 100 with the back? Even if these guys come back, they are not at 100% so some guy has to step up. I think Neil has been great... he's trying and hitting guys clean. Where's the rest of the Sens? Where's Turris? Only 1 shot? Silfverberg? No shots? Sorry to say it, but Alfredsson has to do more, too. The Sens' transition game is pretty awful. They counter but last less than a minute in the Pens zone if that. They have no response for when the Penguins are setting up in their zone and they are being too careless with the checking. Can't build up any momentum, offensively, if they're getting called for stupid infractions.
I'd start Lehner and maybe that sparks them. They did seem to play better with the goalie switch. Also, the Sens have to attack the Pittsburgh defence more but I already mentioned how the Sens forwards have to step up. Maybe the home crowd will get them going?
Yup as a Pens fan, all the Karlsson blasting is pretty brutal. Was it insane when people said he was the best player in the NHL over Sid, yes, but to massively ridicule him in general for his play right now and downplay what he did last year when he was healthy is ridiculous. He obv isn't back in form and its not fair to compare him to his normal self when most guys wouldn't even be playing yet. Do I think he can get better defensively in general, yes, and is he a liability in many ways right now, yes, but he obviously is also not himself right now so it's ridiculous to discuss his Norris credentials last year or his general ability right now