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Alfredsson back in for Senators

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

After skating with the team for the first time Wednesday since suffering a concussion late last month, is appears Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has the green light to make his return to the lineup on Friday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

"I was happy with what I did, so I don't think it's an issue at all," Alfredsson told the team's website. "I'm just going to take it one day at a time and we'll go from there."

Alfredsson was injured Oct. 29 against the New York Rangers when he was hit by the Rangers' Wojtek Wolski. On Tuesday, he passed the required baseline test.

"Isn't that good news?" Senators head coach Paul MacLean said. "I can't wait until (Friday)."

The Senators have gone 1-3-1 without Alfredsson and slipped three points out of a playoff spot. For the season, Alfredsson has 4 goals and 7 points in 10 games. Of the Senators' 16 games this season, 11 have been decided by one goal, so having Alfredsson's veteran knowledge certainly will be a welcomed addition. The Senators have won six of those 11 one-goal contests.

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

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