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Monday, April 23, 2012
Alfredsson in, Sens "considering" lineup options

By Katie Strang

With the chance to close out the series at home against the Rangers, the Senators will have captain Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup.

The 39-year-old veteran missed the past three games with a concussion suffered in Game 2 after a hit from Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin. Hagelin will also return after serving a three-game suspension for the hit.

Although Alfredsson's return has been confirmed, Senators coach Paul MacLean did not reveal the rest of his lineup; he said he is still "considering" his options.

One of those will be top prospect Jakob Silfverberg, who recently joined the team after earning playoff MVP honors in the Swedish Elite League. The 21-year-old winger finished with 24 goals and 30 assists in 49 games for Byrnas of the SEL.

MacLean also has another top prospect at his disposal in Mark Stone, who made an impressive NHL debut against the Rangers Saturday. The 19-year-old Winnipeg native, only weeks removed from finishing his junior hockey season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, set up Jason Spezza's first-period marker to record his first NHL point in the Senators 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden.