MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators will have veterans Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek in the lineup when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, coach Paul MacLean said after practice Wednesday.
Phillips left the final game of the regular season against the Boston Bruins on Sunday with what general manager Bryan Murray later called a tweaked knee. He and Michalek were given the day off from practice Tuesday but were on the ice Wednesday and will be in uniform when the Senators start their series against the Canadiens on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, CNBC).
“They’re all green-lighted,” MacLean said.
For the Canadiens, coach Michel Therrien has decided to scratch veterans Jeff Halpern and Colby Armstrong, barring any last-minute changes. Montreal's fourth line will consist of Ryan White at center with Travis Moen and Brandon Prust on the wings.
Here are the lines and defense pairings from Wednesday’s practices:
Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Guillaume Latendresse – Mika Zibanejad – Jakob Silfverberg
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Cory Conacher – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – Eric Gryba
Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Rene Bourque
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallagher
Travis Moen – Ryan White – Brandon Prust
Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Josh Gorges – Raphael Diaz
Francis Bouillon – Jarred Tinordi