RANGERS at SENATORS
(Ottawa leads best-of-seven series, 3-2)
TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, MSG
Big Story: The eighth-seeded Senators have a shot at history, as they are one win away from knocking off the top-seeded Rangers on home ice. As if that wasn't enough to get the fans at Scotiabank Place worked up into a tizzy, it's possible captain Daniel Alfredsson
will return to the lineup after suffering a concussion in Game 2. If the Senators win one more game, it will be their first series victory since they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.
Rangers: They've lost two straight and have been outscored 8-2 at even strength since scoring the first four goals of Game 1, yet the Rangers believe they are playing some of their best hockey coming into Game 6.
They poured 41 shots on net in Game 5, all of which were turned aside by Senators goaltender Craig Anderson
in a 2-0 loss.
"You're going to run into hot goalies and some good defense in the playoffs," captain Ryan Callahan
said. "It just comes down to one game and we have to go to Ottawa and win the hockey game. We have a resilient group and we have confidence. We have to win that one and come back here and see what happens."
The Rangers will welcome back Carl Hagelin
to the lineup. The rookie has missed the past three games due to an elbow to the head of Alfredsson that knocked out Ottawa's captain with a concussion -- and earned Hagelin a three-game suspension.
Senators: Anderson has been great, Jason Spezza
broke through in Game 5 with his first two goals of the series, and now Alfredsson could be back after practicing Sunday and skating on his own Saturday. It will all depend on how he feels Monday in the hours leading up to the game.
"I feel good," Alfredsson said. "It's nice to be back on the ice – I skated a bit on my own on [Saturday] as well. Today's another step and it's been a good couple of days. I'm hopeful. We're obviously going to wait until [Monday] but the way the last two days felt, I'm encouraged. So unless something changes, that's it."
Who's Hot: This series has been all about the goaltenders. Henrik Lundqvist
of the Rangers has a 1.78 goals-against average and .945 save percentage while Anderson has a 1.79 GAA and .943 save percentage.
Injury Report: Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger
(ankle) is day-to-day and hasn't played since March 15. … Alfredsson (concussion) is expecting to play.
Stat Pack: Since allowing the fourth goal in Game 1, Anderson has saved 130 of 135 shots (.963 save percentage) to push the East's top team to the brink of elimination.
Puck Drop: "He's been phenomenal. He's been our rock all year and made big saves for us all year. He's continuing to do that. You can tell he's got a lot of poise and confidence in the net and he showed that tonight." -- Spezza on Anderson