In lieu of a morning skate today, Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media late this afternoon to line-up and more before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Boucher has shared his opinion about game day skates in the past and how he often opts for rest over practice.
"We've done them all year but sometimes yes and sometimes no," Boucher explained at his media availability today. "Like I said before, we've got nothing to practice. It's been over 100 games and our players have had a lot of games to play and a lot of guys are banged up so it's not time to do more. It's time to save the energy we need...just like we did against the Rangers."
Unfortunately, Viktor Stalberg (day-to-day) won't be available for tonight's game. Stalberg has been sidelined since the beginning of this series but did appear in every game from the first two rounds recording a pair of assists. The good news is that the Sens will roll with the exact same line-up that was victorious in Game 1. Here's a quick refresher on how the lines and pairings looked to start Saturday's game...
Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mike Hoffman
Bobby Ryan - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel - Derick Brassard - Alex Burrows
Tommy Wingels - Zack Smith - Tom Pyatt
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson - Chris Wideman
Craig Anderson was solid in Game 1 turning aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced including several pivotal saves on the penalty kill. Anderson upped his record during the post-season to 9-5 and currently ranks 4th in goals against average (2.37) and 6th in save percentage (.917).
Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also hard a strong showing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final and, like Anderson, was beaten only once in regulation. That was until Bobby Ryan got a step on the Pittsburgh defence and ripped down the wall to his backhand in overtime. Fleury