Penso. If I recall you are from the NYC area. Was watching the MSG postgame for shits and giggles. Not Surprisingly, each of the Isles analysts were so eager to talk about how the Pens were in for it against the Senators and how poorly we matched up against the big blue line of the Sens. I tend to disagree with what they were spewing and agree more with you... But then again, I thought the Islanders series would be a cake walk. I sure hope this teams comes out with a different mindset, I.e. sacks up, because this is sure to be physical.
I'm not nearly as fluent in hockey analysis as I am in football, but my impression of the Penguins is that they match up much better with a slower, physical team than a quick one that frustrates them by not allowing a clean carry into the offensive zone. I think the quickness and skill of the Penguins will be able to handle the Senators physicality much better than the Islanders quickness and the way they bottled up the stretch passes and clean breaks.
That is unless the Senators found something in the tape of the Islanders series that they can use to exploit the Penguins.