Penguins vs. Senators: Ottawa alters lines for Game 5

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The Senators have altered their lines in hope of finding a spark against the Penguins.

With the Ottawa Senators' season on the brink, head coach Paul MacLean has decided to alter his starting lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

MacLean will reunite the combination of captain Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek as the top forward combination. MacLean is hoping the unit can help calm the rest of the team down by getting them involved early. The second line will feature Colin Greening, Erik Condra and Kyle Turris. The bottom-six will consist of Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Zack Smith on one line, with the combination of Chris Neil, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zack Kassian on the other.

While Kassian took line rushes with Neil and Pageau, MacLean stated that Cory Conacher could play in Kassian's spot. Forward Mark Stone didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh as he sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 4.

MacLean is willing to switch up the lines during the course of the game.

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