Morning skates are dull. I already knew that, but it’s been a while (since the Bryan Trottier regime) since I attended one on the road.
The big news? Well, Daniel Alfredsson said he did suffer a concussion, and the Senators are not ruling out that he will play in Game 3. It’s game-time decision.
John Tortorella said he didn’t know who will be in the lineup in place of Carl Hagelin tonight. Which means he knows but he’s not saying. The possibilities: Kreider, John Scott, or one of the extra d-men, Steve Eminger or Jeff Woywitka, play and Stu Bickel moves up to forwards. But Bickel dressed as a D during the skate, and Eminger was the last player off the ice, so that seems unlikely.
I think it will be Kreider, making his pro debut … but it’s entirely possible, with all the bad blood, that Scott gets a few shifts. Either way, I think Ruslan Fedotenko moves up to the Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik line, where he practiced yesterday … and where the Senators had him on their lockerroom grease board.
For laughs, here’s the coach’s presser: