OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators
coach Paul MacLean
told reporters Tuesday that team captain Daniel Alfredsson
had a "setback" in his recovery from a concussion and his status is unknown for Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers
The Senators took part in an optional practice Tuesday afternoon, following their 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers
on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. The Rangers currently lead the Sens 2-1 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.
Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson
and Craig Anderson
were absent from the ice. Karlsson and Anderson took a maintenance day, while Alfredsson continues to recover from his concussion. Alfredsson received a blow to the head from the Rangers' Carl Hagelin
during the second period of Game 2. The captain participated in the morning skate on Monday and was listed as a game-time decision for Game 3, but did not play. Alfredsson has now suffered a setback in his recovery, leaving his availability for Game 4 unclear.
"We're going to evaluate it and see what it is in the morning," MacLean said. "If [Alfredsson] is better and things go good, we'll evaluate the lineup and make decisions then.
"He's the captain of the team. He's the most experienced player on the team. It's a big loss for any team. I think the team stepped up and played really well. I thought Bobby [Butler] went in and played real well for us. That's what we need to happen. When a team faces adversity, it's an opportunity. We're not replacing Daniel Alfredsson
. We don't have that player."
The Senators' practice largely focused on special teams, with MacLean spending most of the skate working with the team's first power play unit of Milan Michalek
, Jason Spezza
, Butler, Filip Kuba
and Sergei Gonchar
. The Sens' power play is 1-for-10 through three games, with the only goal on the man-advantage coming from Erik Karlsson
in Game 2.