After dropping Game #3 on Tuesday, Sens head coach Guy Boucher has a few line-up changes in store for tonight's game against the Rangers.
Let's start with what we know: both Tom Pyatt and Chris Wideman will make their first appearances of the series. Pyatt had been listed as day-to-day since leaving Game #4 against the Bruins after just one shift and once deemed healthy by the Sens medical staff he found it difficult to work his way back into a winning line-up. Wideman hasn't seen any action since the Sens' Game #5 loss to Boston in Round 1 and like Pyatt wasn't able to crack the team's game squad in the midst of a hot streak. Pyatt and Wideman have been regulars for the Sens all year and appeared in 82 and 76 games this season respectively. To make roo for Wideman, Fredrik Claesson will come out while it's not yet known who Pyatt will replace.
On the injury front, Bobby Ryan appears good to go for tonight's game after being hit with a puck in Game #3 on Tuesday. Ryan's 8 points this post-season is tied for tops on the team with Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard so it was potentially a big loss for the Sens up front if Ryan was unable to go.
Video: OTT@NYR, Gm3: Pageau buries Ryan's no-look dish
Zack Smith, who also left Tuesday's game, is listed as a game-time decision tonight. Smith suffered a lower-body injury after an awkward collision in the neutral zone in Game #3 but thankfully it doesn't appear to be as serious as it initially looked.
"We'll make a game-time decision on Smith," Boucher relayed to the media earlier today. "It's a lot better than we originally thought so he's real close. We'll wait and see after warm-up."
With so many question marks and decisions still to come up front we don't have much in the way of a projected line-up for you today. Smith's availability seems to be the first domino so once that falls after warm-up, we'll probably have a better idea of how the forward lines should look.
Craig Anderson has been busy recently and is averaging just under 40 shots per game since Game #2 of this series. His goals against average has also risen over that span to an uncharacteristically high 3.97 which up from 2.28 for the entirety of this post-season. Anderson currently sits just 2 wins shy of equaling Ray Emery for second in franchise playoff victories with 18.
Video: OTT@NYR, Gm3: Anderson turns away Zibanejad
Not a huge surprise but Henrik Lundqvist bounced back in a big way in Game #3. After surrendering 6 goals last Saturday the Blueshirts' netminder put together a strong performance on Tuesday and was beaten only once by Jean-Gabriel Pageau.