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2012 stanley cup playoffs

Daniel Alfredsson Unlikely to Play Tonight

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14:  Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers skates against Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 2012 in New York City. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carl Hagelin; Daniel Alfredsson

Tonight's a pretty important game for the Ottawa Senators. Well, any playoff game is important for any playoff team, but a Sens loss tonight would put them down three-games-to-one to the top-seeded Rangers, with the series shifting back to New York on Saturday. And it appears as if Ottawa will play once again without its captain, Daniel Alfredsson, who suffered a concussion in Game 2 on the play that earned Carl Hagelin a three-game suspension and then experienced a setback after the Sens' morning skate on Monday. Alfredsson didn't take part in today's morning skate, and Senators coach Paul MacLean said today that "nothing's changed" with respect to Alfredsson's status. Added MacLean: "I'm not going to speculate. If he feels fine, he will (play). But right now there's no change to it."

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Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images