Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean admitted on Tuesday that Daniel Alfredsson had a “setback” as he deals with a mild concussion, but remained adamant that “nothing’s changed” in regard to the status of the team captain. Alfredsson is questionable to play in Wednesday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the top-seeded New York Rangers. The eighth-seeded Senators trail 2-1 in the series.
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When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, CNBC
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New York Rangers: While Marian Gaborik led the team in scoring during the regular season, Brian Boyle has been an offensive juggernaut over the last few weeks. Boyle has scored in all three contests of the series – netting two game-winners, including Monday’s lone tally in a 1-0 victory. The towering Boyle has scored in eight of his last 12 contests after managing just six in his first 73 games this season. While Boyle’s continued production raises a few eyebrows, Henrik Lundqvist’s performance has been old hat for New York. The Swede turned aside 39 shots for his fourth career postseason shutout.
Ottawa Senators: Alfredsson’s availability will be determined on Wednesday morning. “We’re going to evaluate it and see what it is in the morning,” MacLean said. “If (Alfredsson) is better and things go good, we’ll evaluate the lineup and make decisions then.” The Senators can certainly use a jolt. Milan Michalek led the team with 35 goals this season, but he has yet to score one in the series. Fellow All-Star Jason Spezza can sing a similar tune as he has been held to just one assist. Ottawa’s power play has also lacked juice, as it has converted just one of its 10 opportunities this series.
1. With rookie Carl Hagelin serving the first contest of his three-game suspension, Chris Kreider made his NHL debut on Monday. The former Boston College standout started on the top line with Gaborik and Brad Richards, recording one shot in over 11 minutes of ice time.
2. Ottawa has lost its last seven postseason home games. Should the Senators fall at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday, they may not have a chance to break that skid in 2012.
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