OTTAWA (AP) -Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is ready to return to the lineup - this time for good.
Out with a hip flexor injury for Ottawa's last four - and six of nine - games, Alfredsson said he is healthy and ready for the stretch run. He'll play Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Before their 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the Senators had lost all six games this season without Alfredsson, who leads the team with 32 goals and 68 points in 48 games.
Alfredsson was injured Jan. 17 against the Carolina Hurricanes and sat out the next two games. He came back and had a franchise-record seven points in a win over Tampa Bay on Jan. 24 and played in the All-Star game three days later. Alfredsson then aggravated the problem against the New York Islanders on Jan. 29.
Alfredsson is the second of Ottawa's top players to return this week.
Dany Heatley returned from a separated shoulder Thursday. He missed 11 games.