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Spezza, Alfredsson, and Michalek to form top line for Sens

May 24, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

Jason Spezza AP

In a must-win game, the Ottawa Senators are loading up the top line.

Per NHL.com, Sens coach Paul MacLean is expected to play center Jason Spezza with wingers Daniel “Probably Not” Alfredsson and Milan Michalek during tonight’s Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

The Pens lead the series, 3-1.

“That’s a line we can always go back to,” MacLean said. “Obviously they’re a veteran threesome that’s played a number of games in the league. We’ve always felt we could go to that, just because they’re veteran players. The start of the game hasn’t been very good for us these first four games; maybe if we start veterans out on the ice at the beginning of the game it can have a calming effect on the rest of the group.”

“He’s putting the three of us together,” said Spezza. “Hopefully, we’ll find that chemistry.”Granted, a lack of offense wasn’t the biggest issue for the Sens during Wednesday’s 7-3 loss.

Ottawa will have to be better at both ends of the ice if it wants to get back home for Game 6.

  1. jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    yup, load up on one line. that way the pens can just play the matchups at home and keep sutter, cooke, kennedy out there against them the whole time. should free up some zone time for those other guys the pens have…crosby, malkin, neal, iginla, dupuis, kunitz. great idea.

  2. pens919209 - May 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    “He’s putting the three of us together,” said Spezza. “Hopefully, we’ll find that chemistry.”

    Probably not.

    • Tyler - May 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      What you did there.. I see it.

      In all honesty, these three on a line does present some challenges. But as jpelle mentioned, this will just allow Sutter, Cooke and whoever to shadow them the whole time. Ottawa is screwing up the other lines in the process and they simply can’t match the Penguins depth.

      • pens919209 - May 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        It does make for a formidable offensive line on paper. Who knows, it might just produce some points. But I have to agree that it makes line matching a heck of a lot easier for Pittsburgh and probably won’t be a move that lasts long.

  3. Stiller43 - May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    So what happens the other 40 minutes when theres no real scoring threat on the ice?

    Good idea….

  4. e5tolife - May 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    As a penguins fan I say brilliant move!

  5. FoozieGrooler - May 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    That’s it, put all your eggs in one basket.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  6. gbpakrfan - May 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Nighty-night Ottowa….bad move :p

  7. pizzano7416 - May 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    The only other guy they got who scares me and can put the puck in the net is Turris.. Who is he gonna skate with on 2nd line? And how bout there 3rd and 4th lines.

  8. pittsburghfan71 - May 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    In there defense not much has gone right so switching things up is their only and last option.

    Good luck… ur gonna need it.

  9. colossal87 - May 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    This line sounds weaker that Helen Keller’s eyesight

    • elguapo12 - May 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      yeesh. are you the funny guy at the office?

  10. colossal87 - May 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Of course, and ur probably the office IT nerd

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