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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Sens "considering" uniting top three

By Katie Strang

Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean was non-comittal when asked whether he would start his top three forwards of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson on a line together, but did admit that was a possibility.

"We're considering that, yeah."

Before a pair of goals cut a 4-0 Rangers lead in half during the third period, the Senators created little offense in the first match against the Rangers. If they forge a top line with their three most menacing threats, that could change.

"If we play together, we can be a line that carries play," Spezza said after Saturday's morning skate. "I think that would be the thinking."

The Senators also need more from top defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was held off the scoresheet in 24:23 of ice time Thursday. MacLean said he'd like to see the potential Norris Trophy candidate, who has a league-leading 78 points among defensemen, skate much better than in Game 1.

"When he doesn't skate, he's not very good."

No lineup changes for the Sens in Game 2.