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Spezza on the way to passing career high in goals

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza is just three goals away from his career high of 22.

by Todd Anderson

Tied for third in NHL scoring with 43 points, Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza is just three goals away from matching his career high of 22 goals in a season, set in 2003-04.

Entering tomorrow's game against the Boston Bruins, Spezza shares the team lead in goals with linemate Dany Heatley at 19.

"He's taking opportunities when they come to him (compared to) in the past when he would look to pass," says Senators head coach Bryan Murray of Spezza.

On his way to establishing a new personal best in goals, the centreman still thinks passing is the best part of his game.

"I want to be dynamic at both but I think I am more of a playmaker than a goal scorer," Spezza says. "I just want to take advantage of my opportunities."

Redden practises with teammates
Senators defenceman Wade Redden, out with a chest injury, was back on the ice with his teammates today and later said he felt pretty good throughout the skate. Asked if he thought he would be in the lineup against the Boston Bruins tomorrow night, Redden said he wasn't ready to make that decision yet.

"I'll decide tomorrow (after the morning skate). I haven't done a lot of contact and I want to be sure it holds up."

Added Murray, "He was quite active out there and looked as good as anyone else. I'll let him let me know when he's ready to go."

Redden said it was refreshing to be back on the ice with his teammates after an intense week of skating with Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee.

"Randy skates pretty fast," Redden said with a laugh. "But he's not as fast as Alfie (Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson) or the other guys. It was good to get back in game situations."

Schaefer absent from practice
Senators forward Peter Schaefer was given permission from the coaching staff to miss practice today because of an eye infection.

"He went to see a doctor this morning because it's not clearing up," Murray said. "It looks like it's not getting much better."

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