Morning skate update: Lee, Daugavins return to lineup

The Ottawa Senators are tweaking their lineup ahead of their Friday night game against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.

Morning skate update: Lee, Daugavins return to lineup
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, left, and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Lee Stempniak, right, vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Denver. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

The Ottawa Senators are tweaking their lineup ahead of their Friday night game against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.

Welcome back Brian Lee. Have a seat David Rundblad.

Rundblad, who has played quite well during stretches this season, was arguably Ottawa’s worst player in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

It’s an opportune time to get Lee a game after he watched seven straight from the press box as a healthy scratch, though Senators coach Paul MacLean said the decision was based more on managing Rundblad’s season properly. He only played 55 games in the Swedish Elite League last season and the team doesn’t want to wear him out here.

“David Rundblad, we want to make sure we continue to…we said before we want to monitor his ice time and his games played since he hasn’t played an NHL schedule before, we want to make sure when he plays he’s playing at a high level and not having his game dip,” MacLean said.

The other switch has Kaspars Daugavins — recalled from Binghamton this morning after having his wisdom teeth out earlier this week — coming in for Zenon Konopka.

“We anticipate the game to be fast,” MacLean gave as his explanation for that move.

Craig Anderson will start in goal.

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