SENATORS at BRUINS
7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports, NESN
Best-of-7 series is tied 1-1
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will try to defend their home-ice advantage when they play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Monday.
The Bruins won Game 1 but the Senators rallied to win Game 2 in overtime.
Here are the 5 keys for Game 3:
1. David Krejci
The Bruins center missed the first two games of the series because of an upper-body injury. After the morning skate Monday, Krejci said he'd be a game-time decision.
"It was really disappointing [to be out]," Krejci said. "Playing all 82 [regular-season] games and then you have to miss at least the first two games of the playoffs, it was disappointing, frustrating. But what can you do? You've got to work hard to get back at it. We've been doing that and feeling better. And we'll see how it feels tonight."
The Bruins scored five goals in the first two games, and their offense could use Krejci, who had 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) during the regular season.
2. Piecing together the Bruins defense
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy described his defense corps as "a bit like a puzzle that we're piecing together." They're down four regular defensemen because of injuries and called up Tommy Cross and Matt Grzelcyk from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Colin Miller (lower body) skated Monday and will be a game-time decision. If Miller can't play, Cross most likely would replace him after skating with John-Michael Liles during practice. Cross has played three NHL games, all in 2015-16.
"You know what you get with Tom," Cassidy said. "He's a hard-nosed guy, he moves the puck."
3. Exploiting the Bruins defense
The Senators have had mixed results exploiting the Bruins' inexperience on defense and will try to do a better job of that in Game 3.
"You just kind of try to make them uncomfortable," Senators forward Bobby Ryan said. "You try to put pucks deep, and when you have an opportunity to finish a hit you finish the hit. If you put the pucks in the spots that they don't necessarily want to go back to go get and you try to close the gap on them whenever you can, there's really no secret to it. You've just got to do it over and over."
4. Ben Harpur draws in
Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki won't play in Game 3 because of a lower-body injury sustained during Game 2. Coach Guy Boucher said rookie Ben Harpur, who played six NHL games this season, will replace Borowiecki.
"Just playing a simple game and doing everything hard," Harpur said of his approach. "Bringing it every shift. There's been some adjustments that [the Bruins] made throughout the games, but the coaches have been good in conveying that message through the practices so I've picked up on a lot of it."
5. Home ice
The Bruins will host a postseason game for the first time since May 14, 2014. They're looking forward to the home-ice advantage.
"The team was talking the last couple days, looking forward to seeing how fired up the crowd is and how excited they are," forward Brad Marchand said. "We're looking forward to seeing it and I'm sure they're excited to see playoff hockey back here so it should be fun."
Senators projected lineup
Ben Harpur -- Chris Wideman
Injured: Mark Borowiecki (lower body)
Bruins projected lineup
John-Michael Liles -- Tommy Cross
Scratched: Matt Grzelcyk, Jimmy Hayes, Malcolm Subban
Injured: Colin Miller (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Torey Krug (lower body), Adam McQuaid (upper body)
Karlsson took a maintenance day and did not skate Monday. "He never really needs to practice to be honest with you. ... He's in perfect health," Boucher said. The Senators will use the same 12 forwards who played in Game 2. ... Acciari could get back in the lineup after missing three games because of an upper-body injury. Cassidy will decide between Schaller and Beleskey to complete the line with Spooner and Vatrano if Krejci plays.
Phaneuf had three points (one goal, two assists) in Game 2, tying the Senators playoff record for points in a game by a defenseman. ... Bergeron has two points (one goal and one assist) and Pastrnak has two assists in the first two games.
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