Head coach Guy Boucher spoke to the media today at noon and dropped a few hints about how his line-up could look for Game #2 against the Bruins.
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We don't have much in the way of a projected line-up for this afternoon's game since there are a few decisions still to come after the warm-up but one thing that was confirmed is Ryan Dzingel will make his NHL playoff debut today. Dzingel skated in 81 games for the Sens this season but was a healthy scratch for Game #1 as a result of so many players returning from injury.
Here's where it gets a little tricky, the coach confirmed that Marc Methot is "more than close" to returning and is one of the decisions that needs to be made after the warm-up. If Methot is good to return, it appears the Sens could deploy 11 forwards and 7 defencemen which would allow them to ease him back into the rotation. Should Methot not be able to play, expect Chris Kelly to check in for his first game of the series.
With no morning skate today, we'll look back at the team's line rushes from yesterday with a pretty large grain of salt. The coach specifically said after practice to "not look into who we have with who, just like the other day. The other day we had some lines and then the next day they weren't the same for the game." He continued on to explain that his philosophy is to "get everybody to play anybody at any moment and it's been like that way since day one."
One notable absence from yesterday's line rushes was Viktor Stalberg so keep an eye out during warm-up to see how and if he factors in today.
So with that, here's what the lines and pairings looked like yesterday...
Craig Anderson was solid in Game #1 stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced and it's all but a given that he gets the opportunity to try and even the series this afternoon. It feels like a pretty safe call that the team's #1 starter will be in goal today given that he's also on this afternoon's rally towels.
At the other end of the rink, it's expected Tuukka Rask gets the nod in net for the Bruins.