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At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Senators

by Chris Stevenson

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators will have forward Bobby Ryan and defenseman Chris Phillips in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

Forward Alex Chiasson will miss his third game because of a foot injury.

Ryan, Chiasson and Phillips missed the Senators 2-1 loss in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets Saturday. Ryan "took a whack," Senators coach Paul MacLean said, late in the game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Chiasson was hit in the foot with a shot against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 1. Phillips left the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 4 with a lower-body injury and has not played in the past two games.

Forward Erik Condra and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch will come out of the Senators lineup.

Goaltender Robin Lehner, who hasn't played since Nov. 1 against the Bruins (a 4-2 loss) will start for the Senators on Sunday. Craig Anderson started the past three games (2-0-1) and stopped 102 of 104 shots to boost his save percentage to a League-best .951.

James Reimer is expected to start in goal for the Maple Leafs, who defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 Saturday. Reimer is 9-2-1 in his career against the Senators with a .944 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average.

The teams skipped the morning skates Sunday and gathered at the National War Memorial to pay tribute to fallen soldiers, including Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed at the Memorial Oct. 22. The Senators and the Leafs were to play that night, but the game was postponed to Sunday.

The Senators tweeted a photo of the players gathered at the Memorial Sunday morning.

"For us as players to be a part of that, both teams going there and paying our respects to the unfortunate, terrible events that happened, it's bigger than the game," Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said.

"We put the game aside for that ceremony. Both teams are there to pay our respects and now we move forward and play this game [Sunday]. It was a very nice ceremony, something that I will never forget."

The hotel where the Maple Leafs were staying Oct. 22 is a short walk from the Memorial, and the players and staff were in lock down for most of that day.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said he flashed back to those events Sunday.

"I think [the ceremony] was very fitting for the events that took place and the respect to the people that defend our country and allow us the freedom that we have," Carlyle said. "When you first-hand experience the event as close as we were, it's pretty shocking and it's an emotional time, for sure.

"It's a gripping thing and it's hard to control your emotions in some of the situations."

Said MacLean, "It was a good event for both teams to show some respect for people who do an awful lot for us and don't get a lot of credit."

The Senators are unbeaten at home in regulation (4-0-3). Part of their success is because of their power play. Ottawa 7-for-30 with the man advantage at Canadian Tire Centre (23.3%, 12th in the NHL).

The Senators had 16 power-play goals at home, last in the League, last season.

Here are the projected lineups:


James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Richard Panik - Nazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Leo KomarovPeter Holland - Mike Santorelli

Matt FrattinSam CarrickJosh Leivo

Dion PhaneufCody Franson

Morgan Rielly- Roman Polak

Jake GardinerStephane Robidas

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Trevor Smith, Stuart Percy

Injured: Joffrey Lupul (hand), David Booth (foot), Brandon Kozun (ankle), Daniel Winnick (head)


Clarke MacArthur - Kyle TurrisBobby Ryan

Milan Michalek - Mika ZibanejadColin Greening

Mike Hoffman - Curtis Lazar- Mark Stone

Zack Smith - David Legwand - Chris Neil

Mark Borowiecki - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Chris Phillips - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Erik Condra, Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: Alex Chiasson (foot), Marc Methot (back/hip)

Status report: The Leafs recalled forward Trevor Smith from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Smith is an Ottawa native. … Winnik did not make the trip. "This is the protocol that has been put in place with our medical staff and the concussion situation that has happened in sports. There are certain things that they recommend that you do and we're going to play this out to the letter of the law," Carlyle said. … Cowen, a healthy scratch for five games earlier this season, played a team-leading 27:59 against the Jets.

Who's hot: Kessel has a six-game points streak (four goals, seven assists). …Franson has a goal and three assists in his past four games. … van Riemsdyk has a goal and three assists in his past four games.

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