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Senators' Stone a game-time decision vs. Canadiens

by Arpon Basu / NHL.com

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) will be determined at game time, coach Dave Cameron said.

"I know he's going to want to play," Cameron said. "If he's cleared and there's no … I mean, there's always risk of further injury. But if he's not in jeopardy and real fragile, I think you'll see him in the game."

Stone participated in Ottawa's optional morning skate Friday. He worked on his stickhandling and shot some pucks before taking part in a light shooting drill. He left the ice after about six minutes.

Stone was favoring his injured right wrist that the Senators announced Thursday had sustained a microfracture and some ligament damage.

He was injured during Ottawa's 4-3 loss in Game 1 when he was slashed on the right wrist by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban at 8:23 of the second period. He returned to play after the injury but went back to the Senators dressing room for the first half of the third period. He did return to finish the game.

"It's like every other player," Cameron said. "As long as it's not detrimental to his health, that's the first thing you ask and you go from there."

The attention the slashing incident has garnered, along with Cameron's threatening comments after Game 1, has put the spotlight on how the Senators will respond in Game 2. Cameron said he told his players they will have to be on their best behavior while also imposing themselves physically on the Canadiens.

"You have to be physical. It's a contact sport," Cameron said. "To win in the playoffs -- to win anytime -- you have to be physical. There has to be a certain element of physicality for sure. That's the fine line you walk now because one incident's got it all hyped up. You make a comment and it just gets blown out of proportion.

"The first thing I asked my team today was, 'How do you think the refereeing is going to be tonight?' The analogy I used was that after what happened, it's going to be like breaking into a police station and trying to steal something. You ain't getting away with it. Right? But we still want to be physical. We're not going to win if we don't."

If Stone is unable to play, the pressure to produce offensively will increase on his teammates, perhaps most for forward Bobby Ryan.

Including Game 1 of this series, Ryan has one goal in 21 games and has gone 13 games without scoring. He said he feels no extra burden if Stone is out of the lineup.

"What he's done in the last two months of the season can't be replaced," Ryan said. "We're going to have to try and find a way to do it by committee if that's the case, find a way to get through it for him, try to extend the series as long as we can. And if he has to miss some time we'll do it by committee and be ready for him to come back."

Here are the projected lineups:

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Milan Michalek - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Curtis Lazar

Mike Hoffman - David Legwand - Alex Chiasson

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Andrew Hammond

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Zack Smith, Chris Neil, Matt Puempel

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Robin Lehner (concussion)

CANADIENS

Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Devante Smith-Pelly

Jacob De La Rose - Lars Eller - Dale Weise

Brandon Prust - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu - Tom Gilbert

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sergei Gonchar, Mike Weaver, Manny Malhotra, Joey MacDonald

Injured: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (upper body)

Status report: Neil skated on the fourth line at practice Thursday, Michalek moved into Stone's spot on the top line and Chiasson replaced Michalek on the second line. If Stone doesn't play that is the likely scenario for what Cameron will do in Game 2.

Who's hot: Zibanejad had a goal and an assist in Game 1. … Wiercioch had two assists in Game 1.

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