Mark Stone is expected to be in and Cory Conacher will likely be out of the Ottawa Senators lineup in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday.

Ottawa Senators Paul MacLean says that Stone, who played in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs last spring against the New York Rangers, “is a big man around the net” and that the organization has long seen Stone as a potential linemate for centre Jason Spezza. Milan Michalek is expected to also play on the line with Spezza and Stone.

Conacher, meanwhile, was guilty of numerous turnovers during the Senators 2-1 double overtime victory over the Penguins.
It’s an intriguing move — Stone has yet to see any post-season action this season and played only four games with the Senators during the regular season — as the Senators attempt to even the best-of-seven semifinal series 2-2.

“Watching all the games, you want to be part of it, so I’m excited about it,” said Stone, who has practiced with the healthy reserves and the minor league call-ups ever since he was called up from Binghamton of the American Hockey League following their playoff elimination early this month. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

In his lone previous NHL playoff game against the Rangers last spring, Stone picked up an assist on a Spezza goal in the Senators 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden, a victory which gave Ottawa a 3-2 series lead. The Rangers ended up winning the series in seven games.
“That was probably the best experience of my life,” he said. “Playing in Madison Square, it was a storybook start for me and I’m excited to get going here and just trying to help the team win in any possible way, whether that’s blocking shots or scoring goals.”