The Ottawa Senators are proving themselves a worthy opponent to the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to locals gathered outside the city's PPG Paint Arena this weekend. Concert-goers agreed the Ottawa Senators, who will replace Chance as the arena's visiting entertainment Sunday afternoon, have been as much a surprise to the Eastern Conference final as the go-it-alone rapper was to the music business.
PITTSBURGH — Guy Boucher wouldn't tip his hand but he may have to make one change Sunday afternoon at the PPG Paints Arena. While the Ottawa Senators' coach confirmed neither Alex Burrows (leg) or Mark Borowiecki (leg) will suit up for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there may be a change on defence with the series tied 2-2 and puck drop set for 3 p.m. ET. It's believed defenceman Ben Harpur, who has been healthy scratch for the last six games but has taken pre-game warmup the last three games, could go into the lineup if one of the blueliners can't play. There were times during the series against the Bruins in the first round that Harpur was solid. Boucher
It will go down as the most-watched and most-analyzed practice of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Certainly in Ottawa, no practice has ever been under such intense scrutiny. Monday’s gathering at Canadian Tire Centre served not only as a light workout for the players, but as tea leaves and tarot cards for what might be coming Tuesday night when the Senators meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. Lose, and the Senators’ unexpected underdog run through the playoffs is done. Win, and it’s back to Pittsburgh for a Game 7 that will decide which team moves on to the Stanley Cup final. That the Senators were even deigning to practice was as much a surprise as the team’s