Filatov gets in after all, Konopka sits

Nikita Filatov hopped into a waiting limo after Binghamton’s game against Rochester on Saturday night, passed the time on a four-hour drive to Ottawa, and finally checked into a hotel here at 4 a.m.
That might have left him a little tired for the morning skate, but he was smiling just to be back in the NHL.
At first, it appeared as if he wouldn’t be playing against the Maple Leafs. Coach Paul MacLean said as much after the morning skate. But later in the day it was decided that Zenon Konopka would the healthy scratch instead.
Bobby Butler, who has just returned from a groin injury and only started skating with the team again on Friday, was also in, replacing the injured Daniel Alfredsson.
In Binghamton, Filatov scored four goals and one assist in eight games.
To generate a little bit of offence helped his confidence. He struggled during training camp and had just one assist in the two regular-season games, and he’s under no illusion about what’s expected of him here.
“I believe I have to score goals, and get a couple of points,” he said.
“And obviously do the things the coach wants, play better away from the puck, and be good at both ends.”
While he played in Binghamton on Saturday, Filatov was also still recovering from an illegal check to the head from Albany’s Tim Sestito late in the second period of Friday’s game. It dazed him, though he returned for the third period.
“The next day I woke up and I was feeling a little bit better, and I’m feeling better now,” he said.
Meanwhile, MacLean said they was no update on Alfredsson, who is out indefinitely with concussion-line symptoms. He was still being evaluated, said MacLean.

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