It pains Alfredsson to sit out Senators rematch

On Daniel Alfredsson Bobblehead Night, Alfie’s likeness was everywhere, but the man himself was backstage.

DETROIT — On Daniel Alfredsson Bobblehead Night, Alfie’s likeness was everywhere, but the man himself was backstage.

Alfredsson, though cleared to play after missing four games with a groin injury, was kept out of Saturday’s game against the Senators as a precaution, even if it was killing No. 11 just a bit.

“You want to play every game, there’s no question,” Alfredsson said, after a long skating session in the morning. “Obviously, playing Ottawa, and what happened last game, you want to get that one back.”

The reference was to the Senators 6-1 victory over Alfredsson and the Red Wings on Oct. 23.

“I can’t remember if I’ve even had a groin before,” Alfredsson said. “It was tight from a workout and then a pre-game skate last Friday, I felt a little sensation. It didn’t feel too good.”

Alfredsson was replaced in the starting lineup by Gustav Nyquist, who scored twice in Thursday’s victory over Carolina in his first game of the season.

This was Alfredsson’s second bobblehead night, having had one years ago with the Senators. The evidence lingers.

“I know the ones we have at home, all the heads are off,” Alfredsson said. “So they’ve got to be old.”

Alfredsson himself is approaching 41, and if the numbers work out, he could be playing in game No. 1200 when he arrives in Ottawa next Sunday for his first game as a visitor at the Canadian Tire Centre. If Alfredsson makes his return to Detroit’s lineup Wednesday against Boston, and also plays Friday versus the New York Islanders, the Ottawa game would be No. 1200.

“The whole family is going to be there,” Alfredsson said of his return to the Nation’s Capital. “There’s Thanksgiving holidays here in the U.S. so the kids have some days off from school, to come back, too, and see some friends. “We’re getting in Friday night, so we have the whole day Saturday and then the game Sunday so we’re making plans, going to see some friends.

“It’s been on my mind a lot, especially since it’s only a week away.”

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