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Lined Up: Game #3 @ Rangers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here's everything that we know about the Sens line-up prior to Game #3 tonight against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

We'll start with the projected line-up and it should look pretty familiar. For the 4th consecutive game the Sens will roll with the exact same line-up and that seems like a good idea since they've won their past 3 games.

Tom Pyatt, who has been given the thumbs up to return to active duty, will remain on the sidelines and is merely as casualty of the numbers game at the moment while Mark Borowiecki, who continues to progress from a lower body injury he sustained against the Bruins in Round 1, is still listed as day-to-day and won't be available for tonight's game.

The Rangers have been tinkering with some different lines and players at practice over the past two days and will be looking for a spark tonight in Game #3, especially in front of their home crowd.

"We know that they're going to come out strong," Sens captain Erik Karlsson told the media in New York today. "It's their building and they probably want to set the tone early but that's not something we aren't used to so we're going to try and match that right from the beginning."

If you need a refresher on lines and pairings, here's a look at the Sens projected line-up for Game #3...


In Goal

Craig Anderson sure was busy on Saturday facing 48 shots from the Rangers in Game #2. While Anderson's 5 goals against seem pretty uncharacteristic during these playoffs, his ability to lock things down late in the game was on display once again stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced from the third period onward. He also absolutely robbed J.T. Miller on a Rangers' power play midway through the second period to keep the score even at 1-1.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm2: Anderson extends for incredible stop


The Sens were only able to solve Henrik Lundqvist twice in Game #1 despite sending 43 shots his way. Well the offence exploded in Game #2, largely in part to Jean-Gabriel Pageau's historic 4 goal effort, and the Sens were able to triple their output on fewer shots. Lundqvist has a career record of 2-6 in playoff games immediately following contests where he's allowed 5 or more goals against.

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