Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins (-213, 5.5)
Pittsburgh leads best-of-seven series 3-1.
After coming under fire with his words, Daniel Alfredsson will look to ignite the Ottawa Senators with his actions Friday as they attempt to stave off elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. The captain recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday to reach the 100-point plateau of his postseason career, but top-seeded Pittsburgh breezed to a 7-3 triumph to seize a 3-1 advantage in the series. Alfredsson answered honestly when asked if it was feasible to believe that the seventh-seeded Senators can defeat the Penguins in three consecutive contests. "Probably not," the 40-year-old said. "I mean, with their depth and power play right now, you know, it doesn't look too good."
James Neal and Jarome Iginla scored two goals apiece and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang notched four assists in the Game 4 onslaught. Pittsburgh's high-octane offense is averaging 4.1 goals per game in the postseason - and is showing no signs of slowing down. With one more victory, the Penguins will advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2009.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, CBC, RDS
ABOUT THE SENATORS: Coach Paul MacLean was pretty direct with his assessment of Game 4 - and he needed just 13 seconds to get his point across. "Everything's right here," MacLean said as he held up the game sheet. "It's 7-3. We're going to Pittsburgh and we're coming to play. Good night." Anderson expects to be back between the pipes in Game 5. When asked if there would be a goaltending change, Anderson was confident in his response. "I don't think so. I don't know why there would be," said Anderson, who has been pulled twice in the series.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Home hasn't been a safe haven during Dan Bylsma's reign as coach of the Penguins. Pittsburgh is winless in six attempts when it has a chance to clinch a playoff series on home ice. "I don't think there's a reason for it, it's probably just coincidence," pesky Matt Cooke said. "The fourth win in a series is always the hardest to get. Their backs are against the wall and (that's when teams) are the most desperate and emotional." Pittsburgh last clinched a series at home in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference finals versus Keystone State rival Philadelphia.
* Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Under is 13-5 in Penguins last 18 home games.
* Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
* Senators are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
1. The Penguins held a 3-1 series against the Senators during their playoff series in 2010. Ottawa won Game 5 in Pittsburgh before the Penguins finished off the Senators in Game 6.
2. After scoring six power-play goals in their first-round series, the Senators have tallied just twice with the man advantage versus the Penguins.
3. Should a Game 6 be necessary, it will be played at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.