The series between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers wasn't supposed to be close. The Rangers were considered the beasts of the East nearly all season, and Ottawa limped down the stretch, falling from 6th place to 8th. But surprising to almost everyone, Ottawa has outplayed New York from a shots perspective, outshooting the Rangers 134-116 through 4 games.
With the series tied 2-2 after Kyle Turris' overtime winner last game, tonight's game is obviously pivotal. Both games Ottawa has won went to overtime, so no doubt the Sens are comfortable if they can manage a regulation tie.
Daniel Alfredsson is likely to remain out, recovering from his concussion at the hands of Carl Hagelin. Tonight is also Hagelin's final game of his suspension.
World Junior Championship star for Team Canada Mark Stone may be set to make his NHL debut tonight for the Sens.
Both teams have played chippy, bordering on dirty games in the series, with Brian Boyle being the center of attention most times, and Chris Neil getting into it almost as often.