Mark Stone likely to make debut in Game 5

NEW YORK – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean wouldn’t confirm it, but it looks as if Mark Stone will make his NHL debut in the fifth game of this best-of-seven series against the New York Rangers.
After the morning skate, which was optional, MacLean would only say he was keeping all options open. But Stone came off the ice with the players who are in tonight’s game, while extra forwards Kaspars Daugavins and Rob Klinkhammer stayed on the ice to do extra skating.
Matt Gilroy was also on for extra skating, suggesting he’s out on defence and Matt Carkner is in.
Stone has been with the team for less than a week since his junior season with the Brandon Wheat Kings ended.
He has practised three time with the “black aces” and once with the team.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, captain Daniel Alfredsson skated and “made progress” said MacLean.
There is no change in Jesse Winchester’s status. He also remains out with what is believed to be a concussion.
As a guess, here’s what Ottawa’s lines might look like tonight:
– Mark Stone-Jim O’Brien-Zenon Konopka;
– Bobby Butler-Kyle Turris-Nick Foligno;
– Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Erik Condra;
– and Colin Greening-Zack Smith-Chris Neil.


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