As the Sens get set to take on the Penguins in Game 7, we break down everything we know about tonight's line-up.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher kicked off his pre-game media availability today confirming that one change will be made for Game 7. Colin White, who made his NHL Playoff debut on Tuesday, will come out of the line-up and will be replaced by either Chris Kelly or Tommy Wingels. The coach sited experience as his reasoning behind the switch and will wait until after warm-up to make a final decision.
"It will depend if it's a center or winger I'm going to need," said Boucher about the choice between Kelly and Wingels. "The reason why those two are being considered is because of their experience. They both have lived seven games, and they both have won seven games so those are the two guys we need to have out there."
Both Kelly and Wingels could help the Sens in the face-off circle as well. The Sens have been relying on just 3 centres to take draws over the past two games with Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau lining up for 88% of the faceoffs in Games 5 and 6.
Video: Game 7: Sens vs. Penguins - Boucher Pre-game
No other line-up changes are expected for tonight which means the same defence corps will be deployed as Tuesday's game. Here's how the pairings should look:
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson - Chris Wideman
In the least surprising news of the day, Craig Anderson will get the start in goal for the Sens tonight. Anderson was a massive reason why Ottawa was able to force a Game 7 in this series to begin with and his stellar play with his team's back against the wall will be tested again tonight. Anderson is 3-1 in his last 4 elimination games with a goals against average of 0.76, a save percentage of .978 and 1 shutout over that span.
Matt Murray gets the call in net for the Penguins tonight. Since returning to the crease in Game 4, Murray has recorded a 2-1 record in the post-season.