Alfredsson okay to play

Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place Thursday night.

Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place Thursday night.

The Senators’ captain suffered a lower-body injury in a game against Washington Monday and it wasn’t certain he’d be ready to play. Zack Smith will likely come out of the lineup as a result.

Coach Cory Clouston also revealed goaltender Brian Elliott will start one of the next two games. The Senators play the Canadiens in Montreal Saturday night.

Ottawa is still seeking its first win of the season and might be catching a break by hosting Carolina Thursday. The ‘Canes opened the season overseas with two wins against the Minnesota Wild, so travel fatigue could be a factor.

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