KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet at Scotiabank Place:
Colin Greening – Jason Spezza – Milan Michalek
Rob Klinkhammer – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno – Jim O’Brien – Chris Neil
Bobby Butler – Zack Smith – Erik Condra
Filip Kuba – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – Matt Gilroy
Zenon Konopka, Matt Carkner and Kaspars Daugavins are the healthy scratches.
General manager Bryan Murray told TV reporters that Craig Anderson (hand) requires a full four weeks of recovery, according to the surgeon who repaired the severed tendon in Anderson’s pinkie finger. This means that the earliest the goaltender could return to duty would be Mar. 23 against Montreal.
When asked why he chose not to bring physical players like Carkner and Konopka back into the lineup against the Leafs, coach Paul MacLean deadpanned, “The games (against Toronto) haven’t been that truculent.”
After an optional skate Saturday morning, Randy Carlyle would not confirm if the team would once again go with seven defensemen. Here are the projected lines if the Leafs choose to go that route:
Clarke MacArthur – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Carter Ashton – Mikhail Grabovski – Matt Frattin
Tim Connolly – David Steckel – Joey Crabb
Matthew Lombardi –Colby Armstrong
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
John-Michael Liles – Mike Komisarek
Jake Gardiner – Luke Schenn
Mike Brown (thigh) remains day-to-day. Nikolai Kulemin (finger) and Joffrey Lupul (shoulder) are still three weeks away from returning. Jay Rosehill is the likely healthy scratch.