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Senators start Lehner to open pair against Bruins

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Senators start Lehner to open pair against Bruins

BOSTON -- Craig Anderson made 27 saves in his second shutout of the season Monday in the Ottawa Senators' final game before the Christmas break.

That performance in a 5-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, didn't alter Senators coach Paul MacLean's plans for his team's first half of a home-and-home series against the Boston Bruins that starts Friday.

Robin Lehner will get the start in net at TD Garden.

"The plan was in place and we're sticking to it," MacLean said after the Senators' morning skate.

Tuukka Rask is expected to be the Bruins' starting goaltender, but he's scheduled to have a new backup. Niklas Svedberg, 24, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to join Rask and Chad Johnson on the NHL roster. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he plans to give Svedberg a start in the near future.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Matt Fraser

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara - Torey Krug

Dennis Seidenberg - Johnny Boychuk

Matt Bartkowski - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Niklas Svedberg

Suspended: Shawn Thornton

Scratched: Chad Johnson

Injured: Loui Eriksson (concussion), Dougie Hamilton (lower body), Chris Kelly (leg)

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Mika Zibanejad

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan

Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Cory Conacher - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Erik Condra

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson

Chris Phillips - Cody Ceci

Marc Methot - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Joe Corvo, Patrick Wiercioch, Matt Kassian

Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff