Penguins Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete TV Info and Guide to Second Round

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IMay 13, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 13:  Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes a save in traffic against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on February 13, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins won 4-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The first round played out like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators switched places. The Penguins entered the postseason as the East's team to beat and No. 1 seed, while the Senators were largely an afterthought. 

Yet, there were the Penguins looking disjointed while beating the eighth-seeded Islanders in six games, and there were the seventh-seeded Senators easily handling the second-seeded Canadiens in just five games. 

This sets up for a dynamic series—even if it is hard to break down. 

Everything that transpired in the regular season points towards the Penguins winning. Not the least of which is the fact they swept the three-game series these two played this year by outscoring the Senators 10-4. 

However, the first round took what we learned in the regular season and threw it out the window. 

I'll try to get a grasp on the keys to this series below, but first, feel free to check out the vitals. 


When: May 14 - May 28 (if necessary) 

Watch: NBC Sports, RDS, CBC

Live Stream:

*All times ET with info according to


(8) Ottawa Senators vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins 

Game Date Time Network
Tuesday, May 14 7:30 p.m. MSN, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 17 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, CBC
Sunday, May 19 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 22   7:30 p.m. NBCSN, CBC,RDS
5* Friday, May 24  7:30 p.m. NBCSN, CBC,RDS
6* Sunday, May 26
7*  Tuesday, May 28 TBD CBC, RDS

*If necessary 


Key to the Series

Establishing Style of Play

The Islanders were able to force the Penguins out of their game by being aggressive with their forechecking and just overall physical play. 

It's not that this is going to intimidate the Penguins, but this will help the Senators even out the Penguins advantage in the skill department.

The Penguins are a highly skilled team, any chance the Islanders have to turn this more into a brawl than a skills exhibition is a chance they should take. 

For the Penguins' part, they just need to try and keep playing their game. They can't get caught up in trying to prove themselves physically.

If they do this, the Islanders' attempt at physicality will simply lead them to more penalty minutes and the Penguins were deadly on the power plays.


Players to Watch

Penguins: Brenden Morrow

Brenden Morrow had a terrible first round. He had just one assist and no goals goals to go with a plus/minus of minus-three. 

Morrow is not essential to the Penguins, but he does help push this team over the top. If he continues to struggle like he did in the first round, it is hard to ever see the Penguins really finding their stride. 


Senators: Daniel Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson played excellent hockey in the first round as he was a true spark plug for the Senators' attack. 

He wound up with six points, which led the team in the first round. He also had an impressive plus/minus of plus-five.

The Penguins have a suspect defense, and if they let Alfredsson get on track, this will be a tight series. 


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