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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pens rolling up in the postseason points

By ESPN Stats & Information

The Conference Semifinals begin Tuesday with the Penguins hosting the Senators and the Kings hosting the Sharks.

Here are the matchups in this round:

Eastern Conference Season Series
Senators vs Penguins Penguins 3-0-0
Rangers vs Bruins Rangers 2-1-0

Western Conference
Sharks vs Kings Kings 2-1-1
Red Wings vs Blackhawks Blackhawks 4-0-0

Eastern Conference Semifinals
Senators at Penguins (Game 1), 7:30 ET

* Teams meeting for 4th time in postseason (Penguins have won 2 of previous 3 series)
* Penguins won all 3 regular-season meetings
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 9 points (3G, 6A) in 5 games since return (missed Game 1 of Islander series)
* Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis (PIT): each has at least 1 point in all 6 postseason games
* Evgeni Malkin (PIT): 11 pts (2G, 9A) in Quarterfinal series vs Islanders (most points he’s ever had in a playoff series)
* Pascal Dupuis (PIT): 5 goals in Quarterfinal series vs Islanders (most he’s ever had in single postseason)
* Senators: outscored Canadiens 15-4 in final 3 games of Quarterfinal series
* Craig Anderson (OTT): .950 save pct in Quarterfinal series vs Canadiens (171 saves/180 shots faced)

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins - All-Time Playoff Meetings
2013 Conference Semifinals ?
2010 Conference Quarterfinals Penguins in 6
2008 Conference Quarterfinals Penguins in 4
2007 Conference Quarterfinals Senators in 5

Western Conference Semifinals
Sharks at Kings (Game 1), 10 ET

* Teams meeting for 2nd time in postseason (Sharks won 4-2 in 2011 Western Conf. Quarterfinals)
* Teams split 4 regular-season meetings with one Sharks win coming in a shootout
* Sharks: coming off 1st series sweep in franchise history (beat Canucks)
* Patrick Marleau (SJ): scored goal in all 4 games of Canucks series (goal in 5 straight games to start regular season)
* Joe Pavelski (SJ): 4G, 4A in Quarterfinal series vs Canucks (2 straight multi-goal games to close series)
* Kings: won 4 straight games after trailing Blues 2-0 in Quarterfinal series
* Kings: won 5 straight playoff series (last loss was to Sharks in 2011)
* Jonathan Quick (LA): .944 save percentage in Quarterfinal series vs Blues (177 saves/188 shots faced)