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Hockey Night in CanadaSenators insert Benoit, Latendresse for Game 2

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 | 12:55 PM

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Guillaume Latendresse played in Games 1 and 2 of the Senators' first-round series against Montreal. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Guillaume Latendresse played in Games 1 and 2 of the Senators' first-round series against Montreal. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Three storylines for Game 2 between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). The Penguins lead the East semifinal 1-0.
Three storylines for Game 2 between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). The Penguins lead the East semifinal series 1-0.

1. What sort of adjustments will the Senators make after their 4-1 loss to the Penguins in the series opener?

The Senators have had two days of practice and plenty of video sessions to correct where they went wrong in the series opener.

First and foremost, they have to be much better on special teams. The Penguins scored twice with their No. 1-ranked power play and added a shorthanded goal on Tuesday. The Senators also want to establish a better forecheck. It was too easy for the Penguins defence to move the puck out of their own end and up to their talented forwards in Game 1.

Meanwhile, Jason Spezza, who continues to make strides in his recovery from back surgery, will not play in Game 2. But Senators coach Paul MacLean, who was confirmed as a Jack Adams finalist on Friday, did say that if Spezza is available for Game 3 in Ottawa on Sunday he will be in the lineup.

2. Will the Senators make any lineup changes for Game 2?

MacLean confirmed injured defenceman Eric Gryba (upper body) will not play on Friday. He was knocked out of the series opener in the second period on a hard hit from Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik.

Andre Benoit will replace Gryba, while left wing Guillaume Latendresse will be in for Matt Kassian on the fourth line.

The 25-year-old Latendresse played in Games 1 and 2 of the Senators' first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens and scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in the opener on May 2. The 29-year-old Benoit made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 2 against the Canadiens, but hasn't played since the May 3 outing.

3. Can the Penguins take care of business at home and continue the roll that home teams are on in the second round?

Home teams have won the first five games of the second round to improve to 35-17 (.673) overall in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher for an entire NHL post-season was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612). The Senators have gone 2-2 on the road in this playoff run, while the Penguins have gone 3-1 at the Consol Energy Center.

Projected lineup for Ottawa

Forward:

Cory Conacher -- Kyle Turris -- Daniel Alfredsson

Milan Michalek -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jakob Silfverberg

Colin Greening -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Erik Condra

Guillaume Latendresse -- Zac Smith -- Chris Neil

Defence:

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen -- Sergei Gonchar

Chris Phillips -- Andre Benoit

Goaltender:

Craig Anderson

Projected lineup for Pittsburgh

Forward:

Pascal Dupuis -- Sidney Crosby -- Jarome Iginla

Chris Kunitz -- Evgeni Malkin -- James Neal

Brenden Morrow -- Brandon Sutter -- Matt Cooke

Craig Adams -- Joe Vitale -- Tyler Kennedy

Defence:

Brooks Orpik -- Paul Martin

Kris Letang -- Matt Niskanen

Deryk Engelland -- Douglas Murray

Goaltender:

Tomas Vokoun

Follow Tim Wharnsby on Twitter @WharnsbyCBC.

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