The Penguins will have one extra problem to deal with tonight: Ottawa center Jason Spezza is expected back for Game 3.
Spezza held court at his locker Saturday afternoon to share the news that has been much anticipated in these parts.
"I feel good," said Spezza. "It's gotten better and better every day I've skated. Feel like I'm ready to help the guys out."
Spezza has missed nearly four months of hockey since undergoing back surgery in January. He said he hopes that what he lacks in timing and perhaps physicality can be replaced with the emotion he expects to inject into the Senators' lineup.
"Hopefully, I can help, add some excitement," said Spezza. "When you come back after a long time, you can provide a little jolt to the team. You try to harness it and use it more than anything."
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said Spezza will help his team's struggling power play in particular.
The Senators have gone 1 for 7 on the power play in the first two games of this series.
MacLean indicated Spezza is unlikely to play his usual minutes. It also sounded as if he might be used more as a power-play specialist.
"We don't anticipate a 25-minute game [tonight]; a lot will depend on how much power-play time we have," said MacLean. "We certainly feel he's going to give us some help on the power play, that's for sure. ... Jason is going to give us more depth at center, which is important in the playoffs. He's the No. 1 center, an 80-point player, and he's very good on the power play."
Exactly who his linemates will be is unclear, but MacLean said one is likely to be Milan Michalek. Colin Greening also is a possibility to be the other one.