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Posted On Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 11:50 AM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sabres, Senators

Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Sabres did not skate, while the Sens held an optional practice, with only Chris Phillips, Filip Kuba and Erik Karlsson sitting out.

OTTAWA

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaBobby Butler
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Nikita FilatovJesse WinchesterErik Condra

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee

Craig Anderson will get the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Zenon Konopka and David Rundblad are the healthy scratches.

BUFFALO

Thomas VanekLuke AdamJason Pominville
Ville LeinoDerek RoyDrew Stafford
Nathan GerbePaul GaustadBrad Boyes
Cody McCormickMatt EllisCorey Tropp

Robyn RegehrJordan Leopold
Tyler MyersAndrej Sekera
Marc-Andre GragnaniChristian Ehrhoff

Ryan Miller is expected to get the start, with Jhonas Enroth backing him up.
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Posted On Friday, 11.04.2011 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Canadiens

Here are the projected lineups for Friday’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaBobby Butler
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Nikita FilatovJesse WinchesterErik Condra

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee

Craig Anderson will get the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Daugavins was recalled from Binghamton today. Lee returns to the lineup, with Zenon Konopka and David Rundblad sitting as the healthy scratches.

CANADIENS
Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta
Mike CammalleriDavid DesharnaisErik Cole
Travis MoenLars EllerAndrei Kostitsyn
Mathieu DarchePetteri NokelainenMike Blunden

Josh GorgesP.K. Subban
Hal GillRaphael Diaz
Jaroslav SpacekYannick Weber

Carey Price will get the start, with Peter Budaj backing him up.
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Posted On Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 12:35 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Alfredsson addresses media for first time since hit

KANATA, Ont. -- Daniel Alfredsson spoke to the media for the first time since receiving a hit to the head from the Rangers' Wojtek Wolski last Saturday.

The Ottawa captain appeared woozy after the hit, and has not played since. Although he is not experiencing headaches, Alfredsson confirmed on Thursday that he is still suffering from concussion symptoms. There is no timetable set for his return.

"I'm OK, not great,” Alfredsson said. "If I'm at home with the kids and I do too much, I get light-headed and a little dizzy and I have to sit down for a bit. Until that's gone, I'm not going to do anything physical."

He may lack a solid date for return, but the winger remains positive that he will rejoin his teammates in the near future.

"It's a different feeling. I'm hoping that in a few more days, it's going to be a lot better."
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Posted On Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 12:45 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Panthers

Here are the projected lines for Thursday night's game between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaDaniel Alfredsson
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Erik CondraZenon KonopkaJesse Winchester

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Filip KubaErik Karlsson

Craig Anderson gets the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Peter Regin will be out 6-8 weeks with an injury to his left shoulder. He was hurt during the Oct. 20 game against Winnipeg after receiving a hit from Nik Antropov, and chosen rehab over surgery (Regin had the same shoulder repaired last season).

Bobby Butler has been cleared to play, but will be listed as a healthy scratch, along with Brian Lee.

PANTHERS


Shawn MatthiasTim KennedyMatt Bradley
Scottie UpshallMarcel GocTomas Kopecky
Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg
Jack SkilleMike SantorelliMarco Sturm

Brian CampbellJason Garrison
Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver
Ed JovanovskiErik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom will get the start, with Jose Theodore backing him up.

Near the end of Thursday's practice, and in front of his teammates, Florida coach Kevin Dineen informed Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, that he would be remaining with the big club. Gudbranson is set to play his ninth NHL game tonight, and once he plays his 10th the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in.

The announcement was met with cheers and hugs from the rest of the Panthers. According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, Erik's father, Wayne, was spotted choking up in the stands at the happy news.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 12:30 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Blue Jackets

Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Senators held a full practice, while the Blue Jackets elected not to skate, after coming off a 5-2 loss Friday night to the Red Wings in Detroit.

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoMika ZibanejadDaniel Alfredsson
Erik CondraZack SmithChris Neil
Jesse WinchesterStephane Da CostaZenon Konopka

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Erik KarlssonFilip Kuba

Craig Anderson gets the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Peter Regin remains out of the lineup with an injured shoulder. He has been evaluated but results have yet to come in – they are expected to be announced tomorrow or Monday. Zenon Konopka returns to the lineup, and Brian Lee remains a healthy scratch. Both Bobby Butler (groin) and Matt Carkner (knee) skated with the team, but there is no timetable on their respective returns.

BLUE JACKETS

Rick NashDerick BrassardR.J. Umberger
Vinny ProspalAntoine VermetteAlexandre Giroux
Maksim MayorovSamuel PahlssonDerek Dorsett
Cody BassDerek MacKenzieRyan Johansen

Fedor TyutinRadek Martinek
Grant Clitsome – Mark Methot
Kris RussellAaron Johnson

Steve Mason is expected to get the start, with Allen York serving as backup. York was called up from Springfield on Thursday after an upper-body injury to Curtis Sanford in practice.

Radek Martinek was hit by Darren Helm during Friday's game against Detroit, and may have suffered a concussion. He is being re-evaluated today. There has yet to be a call-up from Springfield at the time of this post.
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Posted On Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 12:30 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Jets, Senators

Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Thursday night's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

SENATORS
Nick FolignoPeter ReginDaniel Alfredsson
Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Zack SmithMika ZibanejadChris Neil
Jesse WinchesterStephane Da CostaErik Condra

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Filip KubaErik Karlsson

Craig Anderson will get the start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Jesse Winchester will be returning to the lineup for his first game of the regular season, after coming off a shoulder injury sustained at the beginning of training camp. Zenon Konopka and Brian Lee are the healthy scratches.

JETS
Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler
Alexander BurmistrovNik AntropovKyle Wellwood
Evander KaneMark ScheifeleTim Stapleton
Tanner GlassJim SlaterChris Thorburn

Dustin ByfuglienTobias Enstrom
Mark StuartZach Bogosian
Johnny OduyaDerek Meech

Despite coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, Ondrej Pavelec will get the start, with Chris Mason backing him up.

Jim Slater is battling the flu, so if he doesn't go tonight, Tim Stapleton will pick up his minutes.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:21 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lines for Flyers, Senators

Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Tuesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Both teams held full practices, with the Sens coming off a 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Saturday in Washington, and the Flyers being beaten by the Kings 3-2 in overtime Saturday.

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Mika Zibanejad
Milan Michalek - Stephane Da Costa - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Peter Regin - Chris Neil
Erik Condra - Zenon Konopka - Zack Smith

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

Alex Auld will get the start in goal for the second straight game, with Craig Anderson serving as backup.

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day (ankle), and forward is questionable Bobby Butler while battling a groin injury.

FLYERS
James Van Riemsdyk - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Wayne Simmonds - Danny Briere - Jakub Voracek
Scott Hartnell - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Zac Rinaldo - Maxime Talbot - Harry Zolnierczyk

Matt Carle - Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros

Sergei Bobrovsky will get his first start of the season in goal, with Ilya Bryzgalov serving as the backup.

Harry Zolnierczyk was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League for tonight's game, and is expected to replace Andreas Nodl, who is banged up. Also, Matt Walker could make his season debut in place of defenseman Andreas Lilja.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.


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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Avalanche, Senators

Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Thursday's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Sens held a full practice, while the Avalanche had an optional skate, after their overtime victory in Columbus Wednesday night:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekStephane Da CostaDaniel Alfredsson
Colin GreeningJason SpezzaMika Zibanejad
Nick FolignoPeter ReginChris Neil
Zack SmithBobby Butler

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will get his fourth-straight start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Zenon Konopka skated with the fourth line in Tuesday's practice, but head coach Paul MacLean has made him a healthy scratch, along with Erik Condra and Nikita Filatov. MacLean did not specify who will be playing with Smith and Butler, so expect some line juggling, possibly with Colin Greening and Peter Regin seeing time on the fourth line.

MacLean is also going with seven defensemen, with Brian Lee returning to the lineup after being named a healthy scratch in Tuesday’s game against the Wild.

Thursday night will also be the debut of Ottawa's Heritage jersey.

AVALANCHE
Peter MuellerMatt DucheneMilan Hejduk
David JonesPaul StastnyChuck Kobasew
Gabriel LandeskogRyan O'ReillyDaniel Winnik
Cody McLeodJay McClementTJ Galiardi

Shane O'BrienKyle Quincey
Erik JohnsonJan Hejda
Ryan WilsonRyan O'Byrne

Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets his first start of the season Thursday night, with Semyon Varlamov serving as backup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 1:23 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Wild

Here are what the lineups could look like for Tuesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place. The Senators had a full practice, while the Wild held an optional skate.

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Mika Zibanejad
Milan Michalek - Stephane Da Costa - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Peter Regin - Chris Neil
Zack Smith - Zenon Konopka - Erik Condra

Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson

Craig Anderson will get the start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as back-up.

There will be a few lineup changes, as forwards Bobby Butler and Nikita Filatov, and defenseman Brian Lee all will sit out.

Of Filatov, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said, "Other guys have played better."

Rundblad will replace Lee.

"We've had some issues getting pucks out of our own end and being efficient with it," said MacLean. "What David brings to the table is being good with the puck and making good outlet passes."

WILD
Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Brett Bulmer
Colton Gillies - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Marek Zidlicky - Greg Zanon
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon

Nicklas Backstrom will get the start, with Josh Harding serving as back-up.
 
This is Cullen's first game in Ottawa since playing the final 21 games of the 2009-10 season there after being traded by the Carolina Hurricanes in February 2010.

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky was among those who skipped Tuesday's skate, but coach Mike Yeo insists he will play.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:41 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Senators Camp: MacLean satisfied with first practice

KANATA, Ont. – A hoarse voice was an indicator that Paul MacLean had much to say to his new team on the first day of training camp with the Ottawa Senators. However, the head coach seemed pleased with the results Saturday.

"I enjoyed the day," MacLean said. "I might not be able to talk much tomorrow. Today was a good day; I thought it had great energy. The players were ready to go fast, and I think we did go fast. Sometimes (we did it) to the point of not executing as well as we wanted to, but the fact that we got up and down the ice and that the scrimmage went well, I was pleased with the whole day."

After the first day, both veterans and rookies stood out to MacLean.

"I thought [Daniel Alfredsson] was great," he said. "I thought [Milan] Michalek was too, but I expected them to be very good. I thought [David] Rundblad was good again today, as was [Mika] Zibanejad."
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