Eminger might be ready for Game 6

Steve Eminger of the New York Rangers skates

Steve Eminger of the New York Rangers skates during the first period of against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Errol Anderson

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Steve Eminger is getting closer. The Rangers defenseman, who has missed 16 games with a bad ankle sprain, has been upgraded to "day-to-day" and might be available for Game 6 in Ottawa on Monday.

Eminger has not appeared in a playoff game for the Rangers, but scored a goal in one of his five appearances in the opening round with Washington in 2008, when the Capitals lost in seven to Philadelphia.

The 28-year-old, who appeared in 42 games this season, his ninth in the NHL, was acquired from Anaheim for Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier on July 9, 2010.

Mats Zuccarello, who fractured his left wrist on March 23 when he was struck by a shot from the Sabres' Jordan Leopold, is further away. The Norwegian winger is working out but is not skating with the team.

Need better 5-on-5sBefore Game 5, several Rangers said they thought the power play was improving but that they needed to play better five-on-five. In the first four games, the Senators outshot the Rangers 108-77 during five-on-fives.

Sens' Stone is only 19

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Chris Kreider, 20, who made his NHL debut in Game 3 fresh off winning the NCAA championship with Boston College, is not the youngest player to debut this series. Mark Stone, 19, who helped Team Canada earn the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships and had 41 goals and 82 assists for the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings, picked up an assist for Ottawa in Game 5.

"I think they have some trust in me," Stone said. "Looking back to the day I was drafted [in the sixth round in 2010], if you say I'm going to be in the NHL playoffs at 19, no kid would turn that down."

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