Sens stars could take night off Sunday

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson battles with John Erskine of the Capitals during first NHL...

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson battles with John Erskine of the Capitals during first NHL action Thursday night in Ottawa. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

OTTAWA - The race to the playoffs is almost over.

Now, the Senators are getting ready for the fun to begin.

That means some players could get the night off Sunday in Boston as the Senators close out the regular season. It's the game that was postponed because of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

Not only will the Senators not have a pre-game skate because of an NBA playoff game at the Boston Garden, this is one last chance to give the players a rest as the 48-game schedule played in 99 days comes to a close.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson, winger Milan Michalek and defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson could all be candidates for a night off. There are plenty of bodies waiting in the wings if the Senators decide to rest some players.

The only change at home Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers saw Matt Kassian take Guillaume Latendresse's spot in the lineup.

Sunday's game could serve as a chance for healthy scratches Peter Regin, Jim O'Brien, Mike Lundin and Andre Benoit to see action before the playoffs begin. O'Brien last suited up against the Bruins on April 2nd and finished minus-2.


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