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Gamethread: Penguins @ Senators

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It's Matt Cooke Appreciation Night tonight from Kanata, ON

Justin K. Aller

The season is winding down, and this game is not very important to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but really is for the Ottawa Senators who are trying to nail down their playoff spot and improve their positioning for the #6 seed.

It's going to be tough for the Pens who are down Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Beau Bennett and Paul Martin to injuries...As well as Kris Letang to illness and Marc-Andre Fleury to "daddy duty" as his wife is set to have their first child.

So minus all those key players, it'll be interesting to see how this unfolds. The Pens have done well of late playing without their top players, but they'll need a terrific effort up and down the board from everyone.