Morning skate update: Alfredsson good to go

Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place Monday night.

Morning skate update: Alfredsson good to go

Daniel Alfredsson will make his return to the Ottawa lineup after missing three games with a concussion.

Coincidentally, New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin, who knocked Alfredsson out with an elbow that knocked Alfredsson’s head into the glass, is eligible to return from his three-game suspension.

It also appears as if Swedish star Jakob Silfverberg, who only arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, will make his NHL debut for the Senators on a line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.

Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hasn’t “formally” made up his mind.

Factors to consider will be that Silfverberg hasn’t played on the smaller North American ice surface and also has just had a long trip from Sweden to Ottawa.

“We’re going to take everything into consideration and make the best decision for the team,” said MacLean.

But he noted that Silfverberg was the MVP of both the Swedish regular season and the just completed Swedish playoffs, which ended in a championship for Silfverberg’s team, Brynas.

“I like that,” said MacLean.

Alfredsson will return to his familiar spot on a line with Kyle Turris and Nick Foligno.

The Senators lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and have a chance to finish off the New York Rangers.

If they don’t, the seventh game will be on Thursday in New York.

MacLean won’t make any changes on defence.

Matt Carkner will be in again and Matt Gilroy will sit.

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