With the prospect of a going up 3-1 in their second round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher will make some changes to his team’s lineup tonight.
It was feared that playoff performer Bobby Ryan may not be able to suit up for the Sens tonight at Madison Square Garden, but Boucher confirmed that the big winger is good to go. Zack Smith however, he’ll be a game time decision. Smith suffered an upper body injury after taking a big hits from Rangers forwards Tanner Glass and J.T. Miller in game 3.
Boucher also confirmed the return of forward Tom Pyatt to the Sens lineup for tonight’s contest. Pyatt has been available to the team since game 2 of the series, but has had to watch from the sidelines while awaiting an opportunity. Given that he’s one of Boucher’s most trusted forwards and can slot in almost anywhere in the lineup, it was only a matter of time until he got back into the lineup.