Senators News: April 26th

-Paul MacLean is playing games with his lineup, although I suspect there will be few (if any) changes from Saturday unless Zenon Konopka is hurt.  Ian Mendes suspects Silfverberg will play again and Stone will only play if Konopka can’t.

-I’m not sure what to expect tonight, but simplistically it’s going to come down to goaltending.  If Anderson can be as good as Lundqvist Ottawa should win, but if he can’t, then the Rangers will win.

Paul MacLean talked about what Erik Karlsson needs to do, “We just need him to be him. When (Karlsson) skates is when he’s at his best. He hasn’t skated the way that we need him to skate. We need him to use his skill as a skater to (help create) offence. He’s a target on our team, they’re going to try to get to him physically. He has to come up with ways at counteracting that. At times, he’s done a good job.”

Michael Grange echoes my sentiments from yesterday that the Sens are playing with house money no matter what happens tonight.

-Here’s my profile of Shane Prince.

-I’m not sure what Allan Muir is smoking, but Mike Smith is not the Conn Smyth leader so far in the playoffs (he doesn’t even justify it, he simply states it).  For those wondering, Smith is third in save percentage and fifth in goals against average.

-It never ceases to amaze me that in this day and age there are fans who resort to racism to vent their frustration.  For those who haven’t heard, some Bruin fans made racist comments after Joel Ward scored the OT winner for Washington.  These sad, pathetic losers are thankfully a vanishing minority.

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