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Posted On Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 12:38 PM

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

Michalek could be nearing return for Senators

KANATA, Ont. -- Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek skated by himself prior to Tuesday's practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in a Dec. 13 game against Buffalo and could return to the lineup by the end of the week.

"He felt good and said he wanted to go for a skate," coach Paul MacLean said. "We'll take that as a positive. I haven't heard anything negative from the skate. If it's tomorrow when we practice, and we play on Friday and he says he can go, we'll probably let him play."

Kyle Turris plays his first game as a Senator on Tuesday, after being acquired on Saturday from Phoenix for David Rundblad and a second-round pick.

"I'm excited … can't wait for the puck to drop and get at it," Turris said. "It's a little bit nerve-wracking, and I want to get off to a good start. I always put pressure on myself, but I feel good and ready to go."

"Our expectation is for him to come in and solidify the second line position for us," MacLean said. "We're going to give him the opportunity to establish himself as a player. We're going to put him on the ice with good people and see what he does. We don't have any expectations as to how much he'll score. We believe he's a good player. If he plays well, we'll play him lots. If things aren't going really good for him, we'll just play him normal."
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Posted On Friday, 12.16.2011 / 2:16 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Penguins

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Friday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS

Colin GreeningJason SpezzaDaniel Alfredsson
Nick FolignoPeter ReginChris Neil
Erik CondraZack SmithKaspars Daugavins
Bobby Butler Jesse WinchesterZenon Konopka

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee
David RundbladMatt Carkner

Alex Auld
Craig Anderson

Filip Kuba (shoulder) and Sergei Gonchar (shoulder) remain out of the lineup, but coach Paul MacLean hopes to have them back Tuesday against Buffalo.

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzEvgeni MalkinJames Neal
Pascal DupuisEric StaalTyler Kennedy
Steve SullivanJoe VitaleMatt Cooke
Steve MacIntyreCraig AdamsArron Asham

Paul Martin –Derek Engelland
Brooks OrpikMatt Niskanen
Alexandre Picard – Simon Despres

Brent Johnson
Marc-Andre Fleury

Eric Tangradi, who was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a game-time decision, along with Zbynek Michalek (concussion).
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Posted On Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 12:48 PM

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

Senators' Michalek out with concussion

KANATA, Ont. – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean confirmed that Milan Michalek, who leads the League with 19 goals, is day-to-day after suffering a concussion following a collision with teammate Erik Karlsson during Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres. He won't play tonight when the Senators host the Boston Bruins.

“Right now we have to follow the concussion protocol, so he’s day-to-day," MacLean said. "It's based on as long as he's symptom-free, he can participate. He felt way better today, so we'll see how it goes."

The injury occurred with just over five minutes left in the game, when Michalek collided with teammate Erik Karlsson.

"I read the guy's pass and stepped up and I think (Michalek) was coming full speed to backcheck," Karlsson said after the game. "I was only looking for their guys and not ours and we collided pretty hard there. We were both going forward."

With Michalek out, expect Bobby Butler to play in his spot alongside Jason Spezza. However, MacLean doesn't think it will be too long that Michalek will be out.

"I don’t believe at this point that it's going to ruin his year," said MacLean. "It's disappointing, but not devastating."

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 12:41 PM

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

Projected lineups for Bruins, Senators

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday night when the Boston Bruins meet the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Both teams held optional skates after the Sens faced the Sabres in Buffalo on Tuesday night, while the Bruins played Los Angeles at home.

SENATORS

Colin GreeningJason SpezzaBobby Butler
Nick FolignoPeter ReginDaniel Alfredsson
Erik CondraZack SmithChris Neil
Kaspars DaugavinsZenon KonopkaJesse Winchester

Jared CowenErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee
David RundbladMatt Carkner

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

Milan Michalek is day-to-day with a concussion. The injury occurred during a collision with Karlsson on Tuesday night against Buffalo. Filip Kuba (shoulder) and Sergei Gonchar (upper-body) both skated this morning, and are also listed as day-to-day. Coach Paul MacLean hopes to have at least one of them back in the lineup Friday.

BRUINS

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Benoit PouliotChris KellyRich Peverley
Daniel PailleZach HamillShawn Thornton

Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk
Dennis SeidenbergJoe Corvo
Steven KampferAdam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Zdeno Chara (leg) skated today, and says he “felt okay, but probably most likely will not (play) – but it’s a game time decision.” Gregory Campbell, who fractured his foot Dec. 10 against Columbus, did not travel with the team. Jordan Caron is expected to be a healthy scratch.
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Posted On Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 12:16 PM

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

Regin, Carkner back for Senators

Here are the projected lineups for the game Saturday night between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Senators held a full skate, while the Canucks went with an optional practice.

SENATORS

Kaspars DaugavinsJason SpezzaMilan Michalek
Peter ReginNick FolignoDaniel Alfredsson
Erik CondraZack SmithChris Neil
Colin Greening - Jesse WinchesterBobby Butler

Jared CowenErik Karlsson
Matt CarknerDavid Rundblad
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

After missing the last 24 games with a shoulder injury, Peter Regin returns to the lineup and will play on the Alfredsson line, but according to coach Paul MacLean, he will not be taking faceoffs. Matt Carkner will also play in his first regular season game Saturday after completing a conditioning stint in Binghamton. Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Filip Kuba (shoulder) is skating, but MacLean estimated that he is still approximately a week away from returning. Zenon Konopka and Nikita Filatov are the healthy scratches. 

CANUCKS

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinAlexandre Burrows
Mason RaymondRyan KeslerJannik Hansen
Bill SweattCody HodgsonMaxim Lapierre
Andrew AlbertsManny MalhotraDale Weise

Alexander EdlerSami Salo
Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa
Aaron RomeKeith Ballard

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Only Hamhuis, Burrows, Andrew Alberts and Alexander Sulzer took to the ice Saturday morning.



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Posted On Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 12:51 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Capitals

KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Milan Michalek - Nick Foligno - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester - Chris Neil

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
David Rundblad - Brian Lee

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

Filip Kuba has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury sustained Nov. 29 against Winnipeg and will be out 3-4 weeks. Matt Carkner, who has yet to play a regular-season game after requiring knee surgery in the preseason, will join the Senators in New Jersey on Thursday, but will not play. His earliest expected return will be against Vancouver on Saturday.

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Alexander Semin
Troy Brouwer - Marcus Johansson - Jeff Halpern
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward
Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Mike Knuble

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
John Erskine - Dennis Wideman
Jeff Schultz - Dmitry Orlov

Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start in goal, with Michal Neuvirth backing him up.

Washington coach Dale Hunter said Semin (shoulder) and defenseman Roman Hamrlik (lower-body injury) are "game-time decisions."  Both skated with the team this morning, with Semin spending a second straight day on the top line.

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

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Posted On Monday, 12.05.2011 / 12:36 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Lightning

KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Milan Michalek - Nick Foligno - Daniel Alfredsson
Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester - Chris Neil

Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
David Rundblad - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will get the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup. Nikita Filatov is the healthy scratch. Filip Kuba, who sustained an upper body injury against the Jets on Nov. 29, skated by himself on Sunday morning. There is no timetable for his return.

LIGHTNING
Steve Downie - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St. Louis
Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell
Dana Tyrell - Nate Thompson - Ryan Shannon
Tom Pyatt - Dominic Moore - Brett Connolly

Victor Hedman - Eric Brewer
Brett Clark - Bruno Gervais
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Matt Gilroy

Dwayne Roloson is expected to get the start, with Mathieu Garon backing him up. Gervais is in for Pavel Kubina, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.27.2011 / 2:05 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators and Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for Sunday’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Due to 5 p.m. start, both teams elected not to skate today.

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoJesse WinchesterDaniel Alfredsson
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithErik Condra
Zenon KonopkaNikita FilatovBobby Butler

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad

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

On Sunday morning, Nikita Filatov was recalled from Binghamton, while Stephane Da Costa was reassigned to the AHL club. Coach Paul MacLean confirmed that David Rundblad would be returning to the lineup, after sitting for the last five games. Brian Lee is the healthy scratch.

Chris Neil, who injured his ankle against the New York Rangers on Nov. 9, skated on his own for 20-30 minutes on Thursday. According to MacLean, there will be no timetable for his return until he practices with the team.

HURRICANES

Jeff SkinnerEric StaalTuomo Ruutu
Alexei PonikarovskyJussi JokinenChad LaRose
Jiri TlustyBrandon Sutter – Pat Dwyer
Brett SutterTim BrentAnthony Stewart

Tomas KaberleDerek Joslin
Tim GleasonJustin Faulk
Bryan AllenJamie McBain

Cam Ward is expected to get the start, with Brian Boucher backing him up.

According to Carolina team writer Michael Smith, Jay Harrison, who sustained an upper body injury against Montreal on Wednesday, did not travel with the team. Joni Pitkanen, who injured his lower body against the Rangers on Nov. 11, is listed as probable. He will skate today and then decide if he is ready to go. If Pitkanen returns, expect him to replace Derek Joslin in the lineup.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:38 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Rangers

Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday's game between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaBobby Butler
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Jesse WinchesterZenon KonopkaErik Condra

Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson will get the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup. Brian Lee is the healthy scratch, with Rundblad returning to the lineup after sitting the last two games.

RANGERS

Brandon DubinskyBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Artem AnisimovDerek StepanMarian Gaborik
Ruslan FedotenkoBrian BoyleBrandon Prust
Sean AveryErik ChristensenAndre Deveaux

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Michael SauerMichael Del Zotto
Jeff WoywitkaSteve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist will get the start, with Martin Biron backing him up.

While the Senators held a full practice, the Rangers went with an optional skate. Del Zotto, Girardi, Gaborik,  Dubinsky, Richards and Callahan did not participate.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:32 PM

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

Alfredsson practices, hopes to return soon

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson skated for the third day in a row, and practiced with the team Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering a concussion the last time the Senators faced the New York Rangers. Alfredsson has passed his latest baseline test and hopes to return to the lineup soon, although no timetable has been set.

"It feels good," he said. "It's been over a week, and the past few days it's been encouraging for sure. Friday I was dizzy, Saturday, so-so, but since Sunday the trainer's been working on my neck a lot, and it's been quite a bit better. Since Sunday, I've been doing a lot more -- skating and riding the bike, and it's been good. I haven't had any issues since then. We'll take it day-by-day."

Coach Paul MacLean says Alfredsson has been cleared for contact.

"My understanding is that he's passed all the NHL protocols," he said. "He's free to go."

Matt Carkner also took part in the morning practice, sporting a no-contact jersey. Carkner underwent knee surgery during training camp, and has yet to play this season. MacLean insists the defenseman is still "a little ways away" from returning to the lineup.
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