Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson spent the All-Star break at Mont Tremblant, but he didn’t ski. While dealing with a nasty cold, he says he spent a good portion of his time inside with his middle son, Loui.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson spent the All-Star break at Mont Tremblant, but he didn’t ski.
While dealing with a nasty cold, he says he spent a good portion of his time inside with his middle son, Loui.
“I was a bit under the weather,” he said. “We did some puzzles.”
Now that the season has resumed, Alfredsson is anxious for the team to fill the net. The Senators have scored only 19 goals in its past 12 games. Eleven of those games were losses. “We have to push ourselves here every day and try to get something going, especially offensively. We want to be good defensively, but we’re having such a tough time scoring goals, we need to get something going.”
SPEZZA OPTIMISTIC FOR WEEKEND: Jason Spezza continues to make progress from his separated shoulder and remains on target to return to the lineup Saturday against the New York Islanders. He had limited contact in practice Monday, but is planning on fully taking part in drills following the Senators game Wednesday. against Detroit. Jarkko Ruutu, who is nursing a knee injury, also practiced Monday, but isn’t expected back until at least Wednesday.
GOOD SCORES FOR TIGER WOODS, BUT NOT FOR HOCKEY PLAYERS: The season-long struggles of the Senators and New Jersey Devils are most evident in the plus/minus figures of several high-profile players. Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk is at minus 29 (interestingly enough, he also has 29 points), defenceman Henrik Tallinder is at minus 20, while defenceman Andy Greene and right winger David Clarkson are at minus 19. On the Senators side of the ledger, Chris Phillips sports a nasty minus 23, with Filip Kuba (minus 18), Sergei Gonchar (minus 17) and Erik Karlsson (minus 17) following. Karlsson, incidentally, was allowed to travel directly from the All-Star Game in Carolina to Newark on Monday and didn’t practice with the team in Ottawa.