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Senators' MacArthur practices, but could miss opener

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur practiced Tuesday but isn't guaranteed to be in the lineup for the season opener against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday after leaving their final preseason game because of an injury.

"I feel good. I took a little bump to the neck-chin area or whatever, but I've been hit harder by my daughter with her toys than that," MacArthur said after practice, referring to an accidental hit from teammate Mark Fraser that forced him to leave the preseason game last Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

However, he conceded that there's no assurance he'll play in the opener. MacArthur missed 18 games last season with a concussion and sat out practice on Monday before skating Tuesday.

"I'm fine," he said. "I'm [a] day at a time here, but I feel a lot better.

"I want to play Thursday. We'll see how it goes [Wednesday]. ??? We have to go through the steps; hopefully [I'll] have another good day and it will be a group decision for the first game. Hopefully for sure by the weekend, if not Thursday.

MacArthu said he hasn't had any headaches or side effects since the incident. He missed 20 games last season after colliding with former Senators goalie Robin Lehner and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison on Feb. 16.

"No it hasn't been bad at all," he said. "It's nothing like last year or anything like that."

Senators assistant coach Rick Wamsley said if MacArthur "wakes up [Wednesday] and he feels good, then that's in his favor. We're really happy he got through practice. That's a good sign. We'll see how he feels and go from there."

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