Senators practice update: Phillips may return against Flames

Senators practice update: Phillips may return against Flames
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who missed Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with an undisclosed injury, appears ready to return to the lineup Friday night at Scotiabank Place.

Phillips skated with his teammates Thursday morning and said he felt fine afterwards.

“I was pleased to get through practice today and I’ll see how it feels, how it responds in the morning, and go from there,” Phillips said. “Definitely a positive sign today.”

Also on the injury front, centre Jesse Winchester has taken his first steps toward recovery from a concussion. He was back on the exercise bike Thursday and has been symptom-free for several days. He originally suffered the injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 20.

Things aren’t looking nearly as positive for another injured centre, Peter Regin. Senators coach Paul MacLean said Regin is weighing his surgical options now.

If he does choose to forgo the rehab route, the centre’s season is likely over.

Meanwhile, MacLean wasn’t ready to reveal his starting goalie for Friday night’s game against the surging Calgary Flames.

No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson was pulled after allowing four goals on seven shots in the Senators’ 6-2 loss to the Habs.

While Anderson has shown an ability to bounce back quickly, MacLean’s decision is complicated by the fact his team plays back-to-back games this weekend.

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