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Phillips, Michalek to play Game 1 for Senators

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 5:51 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / Canadiens-Senators series blog

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Phillips, Michalek to play Game 1 for Senators

MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators will have veterans Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek in the lineup when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, coach Paul MacLean said after practice Wednesday.

Phillips left the final game of the regular season against the Boston Bruins on Sunday with what general manager Bryan Murray later called a tweaked knee. He and Michalek were given the day off from practice Tuesday but were on the ice Wednesday and will be in uniform when the Senators start their series against the Canadiens on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, CNBC).

“They’re all green-lighted,” MacLean said.

For the Canadiens, coach Michel Therrien has decided to scratch veterans Jeff Halpern and Colby Armstrong, barring any last-minute changes. Montreal's fourth line will consist of Ryan White at center with Travis Moen and Brandon Prust on the wings.

Here are the lines and defense pairings from Wednesday’s practices:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Guillaume LatendresseMika ZibanejadJakob Silfverberg

Colin GreeningZack SmithChris Neil

Cory ConacherJean-Gabriel PageauErik Condra

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar

Chris PhillipsEric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

CANADIENS

Michael RyderTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisRene Bourque

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerBrendan Gallagher

Travis MoenRyan WhiteBrandon Prust

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonJarred Tinordi

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

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