Archive for January 29th, 2013

An update from the AM skate

- January 29th, 2013

Thought our friends here might find this interesting. Don’t usually just post an online update here but this is worth repeating.

Jason Spezza will be a spectator Tuesday night.
The Senators centre wasn’t on the ice for the second straight day and won’t be in the lineup against the Washington Capitals with what the coach Paul MacLean is describing as an upper body injury.
The good news is captain Daniel Alfredsson will return to the lineup after missing one game with the flu.
“Spezza is out,” said MacLean. “He’s just being further evaluated so he needs to take some time to do that.”
MacLean said he isn’t sure about Wednesday’s visit by the Montreal Canadiens either. MacLean confirmed Spezza was hurt in Sunday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins but didn’t give any further information.
“At this point, I don’t know,” said MacLean. “We expect that he would play (Wednesday) but we’ll have to see how the evaluation goes.”
Centre Peter Regin has been promoted to play on the top line in place of Spezza with Milan Michalek and Jakob Silfverberg.
“I’m not going to be Jason Spezza so I’ll just try to play the way I can and the way I’ll play,” said Regin. “That’s what I’m focusing on.
“You have to make the most of the opportunity because you don’t get too many of them. I’m going to try to make the most of this.”
Top pick Mika Zibanejad is also drawing into the lineup. The healthy scratches are going to be defenceman Andre Benoit and winger Kaspars Daugavins. Here’s an updated looked at the club’s lines and defensive pairings:

Forwards
Milan Michalek-Peter Regin-Jakob Silfverberg
Guillaume Latendresse-Kyle Turris-Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening-Zack Smith-Chris Neil
Jim O’Brien-Mika Zibanejad-Erik Condra

Defence
Erik Karlsson-Marc Methot
Sergei Gonchar-Mark Borowiecki
Patrick Wiercioch-Chris Phillips

Goaltenders
Craig Anderson (will start)
Ben Bishop