Ottawa isn't wasting any time getting newly acquired defenseman Matt Gilroy
into its lineup.
Gilroy, who was acquired Monday from Tampa Bay in a trade for Brian Lee
, will make his Senators debut tonight at the TD Garden against the Boston Bruins
and skate on a pair with Chris Phillips
, according to coach Paul MacLean
"He's got good size and he's got good mobility and he can make a pass," MacLean said after his team's morning skate. "So he gets the puck going up the ice. He has the ability to join the rush and even lead the rush at times. That’s the type of player that we like on the back end, and he gives us another puck-moving guy on the third pair that has the ability to bring offense. And in today's game, if you're not attacking with four people, you're not going to score goals."
Gilroy said he was excited to get traded up in the standings to a team currently holding a playoff spot. He also thinks his game will fit well with his new teammates.
"There's a lot of talented players here," Gilroy said. "They like to move the puck. And there's a lot of talented forwards here that like to work with the D on the rush, so it should be exciting to play with."
Defenseman Matt Carkner
will be scratched along with forward Kaspars Daugavins
, as MacLean will also re-insert Zenon Konopka
into the Sens' lineup. Robin Lehner
gets a second straight start in net.
"It's going to be fun," Lehner said. "I played Boston last year once. They're a good team, obviously, and a huge challenge for both me and the team."
Here's the Senators' projected lineup:
- Jason Spezza
- Bobby Butler
- Kyle Turris
- Daniel Alfredsson
- Zack Smith
- Erik Condra
- Jim O'Brien
- Chris Neil
- Erik Karlsson
- Matt Gilroy
- Sergei Gonchar