Here's a list of things you need to know, which will be updated as news develops throughout the day:
- Craig Anderson will be in the spotlight as the Senators face elimination in Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) after getting shelled in two of the previous three games. Ottawa may be down 3-1, but don't expect coach Paul MacLean to be all doom and gloom in the run-up to the game Friday, writes Tim Wharnsby.
- Daniel Alfredsson's comments that the Senators probably won't make a successful comeback were heard by one Elizabeth Manley. She has an inspirational tale of fighting back when on the brink of giving in. "When you're weary/Feeling small/When tears are in your eyes … " And Don Cherry is in Alfie's corner, calling the comments much ado about nothing in the way only Grapes can.
- Weird stat: Pittsburgh is 0-6 under Dan Bylsma when trying to clinch a series on home ice.
- Boston netminder Tuukka Rask let in two bad goals to give the Rangers life in a game New York was giving away. Game 5 takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET, and Rask will look to avoid falling to 2-9 in potential clinching games. Will Rask start to get the yips and be reminded of the fact he was in net when the Bruins squandered a 3-0 series lead and 3-0 lead in Game 7 in 2010 against Philadelphia?
- Jonathan Quick, meanwhile, now has seven playoff shutouts in 43 games for Los Angeles after the Kings went up on San Jose 3-2 in their series. That's third on the active NHLers list, and his 27th post-season win passed familiar face Kelly Hrudey as best ever for a Kings goalie.
- Guess who gave Jimmy Howard a congratulatory handshake after the Detroit Red Wings goalie shut out the Blackhawks. A certain Mr. So-and-So. Should Chicago lose Game 6 at home on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET), their playoff record with the same core group since winning the Cup in 2010 will be 11-13.
- In case you care, Jack Reacher was at Game 5 of Kings-Sharks.