NEW YORK -- Ottawa coach Paul MacLean
has a couple of lineup options for Game 7, but even if he has already made them he wasn't about to reveal the final decisions in front of the media Thursday morning at Madison Square Garden.
Senators defenseman Matt Carkner
and forward Zenon Konopka
did not participate in the optional morning skate after not practicing either of the past two days. MacLean, though, said both Carkner and Konopka -- who are believed to be injured -- are available.
Judging by the morning skate, if Carkner is unable to play then Matt Gilroy
will likely take his spot. Gilroy was off the ice well before Mark Borowiecki
, who has not played in this series and played in only two regular season games. Gilroy played over 13 minutes in both in Game 1 and Game 3.
If Konopka can't play, look for either Mark Stone
or Bobby Butler
to take his place. Butler played in Games 3, 4 and 5 while Stone was in the lineup for Game 5 only. They both came out for Game 6 because Daniel Alfredsson
returned to the lineup and Jacob Silfverberg made his debut.
"I'm contemplating a lot of things at this moment," MacLean said. "At this point we're keeping our lineup options open. We're looking to ice our best team, the one that gives us the best chance to win the game."
With all the uncertainty about the Senators' lineup, it is impossible to configure their possible line combinations going into Game 7.
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