Daniel Alfredsson making 'progress'
NEW YORK -- The Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for the third straight game, but the 39-year-old veteran forward skated Saturday in Ottawa and "made progress," according to coach Paul MacLean.
Alfredsson, who did not make the trip to New York for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Rangers, has not played since suffering a concussion April 14 in Game 2, when he took an elbow to the head from Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin.
Hagelin will serve the last of a three-game league suspension Saturday for his hit on Alfredsson; he is eligible to return for Monday's Game 6 in Ottawa.
With the series tied 2-2 heading into Saturday's game at Madison Square Garden, the Senators may have a new look in their lineup. The team, which also is without injured forward Jesse Winchester, is expected to play 19-year-old prospect Mark Stone in his NHL debut.
Stone recently completed his fourth season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.