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Alfredsson out for Sens; Kreider in for Rangers

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- The Ottawa Senators will be without their leader Monday night, while the New York Rangers will turn to a 20-year-old who has never played an NHL game to fill a huge hole.

Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Right Wing - OTT
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 6 | +/-: -2
Chris Kreider will make his NHL debut for the Rangers at Scotiabank Place, replacing suspended forward Carl Hagelin in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Senators.

Hagelin was issued a three-game suspension for his Game 2 hit to the head of Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who will not be in the lineup after saying Monday morning he was diagnosed with a concussion.

Kreider decided to forego his senior season at Boston College to sign with the Rangers on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound winger has a skill set similar to that of Hagelin, who is not eligible to return until Game 6 of the series. Hagelin has been the left wing on the Rangers' top line since mid-March, clicking with stars Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

Alfredsson did not return to Game 2 on Saturday night after the hit by Hagelin in the second period and did not participate in the team's practice Sunday. The 39-year-old was a full participant at Monday morning's practice, but said how he felt afterward would be the deciding factor in his availability for Game 3.

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday night.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday