Daniel Alfredsson making 'progress'

Updated: April 21, 2012, 5:30 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

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.

Katie Strang covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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