Here's everything we know about the Sens line-up as they get set for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
Head coach Guy Boucher confirmed to the media this afternoon that both Ryan Dzingel and Tommy Wingels will return to the line-up to start the series. Dzingel has skated in 9 playoff games for the Sens this post-season recording 2 points (1G + 1A) while Wingels is a +2 in 5 playoff games for Ottawa.
The pair are set to replace Viktor Stalberg and Chris Neil up front. Stalberg missed yesterday's practice with an injury and afterward the coach mentioned that he was "hopeful" to have him available for Game 1 while Neil, who also was absent from the team's skate, appeared in the final two games against the Rangers.
No changes to the Sens defence pairings are exected for tonight's game so in all likelihood they'll look like this at puck drop:
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson - Chris Wideman
The Sens didn't hold a morning skate today which is something they began doing against the Rangers in order to stay as fresh as possible. Boucher instead has opted to use their practice yesterday along with some game day meetings to prepare for a dangerous Penguins team.
"Every team poses it's challenges obviously," Boucher said during his media availability in Pittsburgh. "This is the Stanley Cup Champions and they just beat the #1 team in the league so there are a lot of things that we have to be aware of."
Video: Game 1: Sens vs. Penguins - Boucher Pre-game
Craig Anderson has a record of 8-4 so far in these playoffs and sports a .914% Sv% and 2.49 GAA. While his post-season numbers have dipped slightly, Anderson shut the door when it has counted the most. 5 of his 8 wins have come in overtime and all but 1 victories have been decided but just a goal.
Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has also recorded an 8-4 record this post-season and is the expected starter for Game 1. Matt Murray, who returned from injury at the end of the second round in a supporting role, will once again back up Fleury tonight.