|Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara participates in the Bruins' morning skate today at Scotiabank Place.|
by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators won't have defenceman Wade Redden in the lineup tonight when they host former teammate Zdeno Chara in his first game at Scotiabank Place since signing with the Boston Bruins last summer.
"I was a little sore in certain positions, and it's just not ready yet," Redden said of his chest injury after this morning's skate. "More time is what it needs."
With Redden remaining out of the lineup, Senators forward Mike Fisher says it's especially important to have another solid effort from the entire team.
"We have to focus on what we have to do versus Boston. We have to be sharp coming home (after a four-game road trip) and we've got to get a run together and play better."
Senators centre Jason Spezza is looking forward to facing off against Chara tonight.
"I imagine we'll see lots of him," Spezza said of his line with Dany Heatley and Chris Kelly. "We're used to playing against the top defence pairing from the other team. We look forward to the battles within the battle."
After the Bruins' morning skate, Chara spoke about coming back to Ottawa.
"This is a familiar place. I was here for 4 1/2 or five years and I still have lots of friends here. (Switching teams) hasn't only happened to me. You change teams and you move on."
The Bruins have opened the eight-game series against Ottawa this season with a pair of victories in Boston, both by one goal. Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects another tight match tonight.
"They've found a way to play well defensively in both games and (goaltender Tim) Thomas was good for them," Murray said. "They have real talent up front and obviously a big defence. We have to find a way to get more pucks to the net, and in Boston their power play was effective against us, so we have to be conscientious of the penalties we take."
Senators forward Peter Schaefer, who missed practice on Monday because of an eye infection, will play tonight.
Tonight's game marks the beginning of a stretch for the Senators that will see them play 21 of their next 30 games at Scotiabank Place.
Senators pay tribute to Zenon Melnyk
The Senators will wear black bands on their left arms tonight in tribute to Zenon Melnyk, the brother of Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk who died on Dec. 12, 2006.