Senators notebook: Grant escapes serious injury

Derek Grant and the rest of the Ottawa Senators organization were breathing a little easier Friday.

Senators notebook: Grant escapes serious injury
Derek Grant of the Ottawa Senators in action against the New York Islanders during first period of NHL action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, February 19, 2013. (Jean Levac/OTTAWA CITIZEN)

LONDON, Ont. — Derek Grant and the rest of the Ottawa Senators organization were breathing a little easier Friday.

Grant missed practice at the Senators rookie camp here Friday due to a swollen hand suffered when the blocked a shot during Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins’ rookies.

But he dodged more serious damage when X-rays showed no break. Grant, who is serving as the Senators’ captain in this weekend’s rookie tournament, scored two goals and one assist against Pittsburgh Thursday.

“No fractures,” said Binghamton coach Luke Richardson, who is coaching the prospects. “It’s sore, we’ll see how he is (Saturday), but obviously (Friday) he wasn’t going on the ice. It looked a lot better than it did (Thursday night), so that’s good news.”

Shane Prince, who had a pair of assists and a fight in Thursday’s game, also didn’t take the ice, sitting out with what Richardson described as a “mild ankle sprain.”

Matt Puempel, nursing a cold, was the other Senator who didn’t practice.

LAZAR TREATMENT

The way Richardson sees him, 18-year-old Curtis Lazar is a little bit of a mystery man to opponents. And that’s a good thing.

“He just knows when to do the right thing at the right time,” he said. “That may be taking a run at a guy because he’s solid, or getting into scoring areas. He creates his own offence.

While some young, skilled players need to be taught about when and how to use their body to hit opponents, Richardson says Lazar has a knack for it. “He keeps people on their toes. They don’t know whether he’s going to lay them out or steal the puck and go in on a breakaway.”

LOOKING UP AT CHICAGO’S PROSPECTS

When the Senators take on the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday afternoon, they’ll have to figure out a way to get around defenceman Viktor Svedberg. According to the Blackhawks media information, Svedberg is 6-9 and 223 pounds. According to hockeydb.com, he’s 6-8 and 234 pounds. Whatever the case, the 22-year-old is challenging Zdeno Chara for his towering presence.

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