The Ottawa Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.
Alfredsson said his injury, believed to be a hip flexor, wasn’t serious and that his discomfort was the result of “normal wear and tear.” He expects to be back in the lineup on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
Meanwhile, the team recalled Kaspars Daugavins from the Binghamton Senators to take his place in the lineup.
Daugavins, who is second in B-Sens scoring with four goals and six points in seven games, skated with the team at practice Monday.
The move is interesting because, while Daugavins has been good, many expected Nikita Filatov to get the first call-up. Filatov was brought in as a low-risk, potentially high-reward scoring winger, but he didn’t impress the coaching staff enough to earn an extended stay with the big club.
Daugavins, on the other hand, is earning rave reviews for his work in the minors.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean said he felt Daugavins was “close” to being an NHL-caliber player, if not one already.
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Other news and notes from practice Monday:
— Centre Peter Regin is still undergoing tests on his injured shoulder and there was no update about when he might return to active duty.
— Bobby Butler skated with the team again, though he was sporting a grey “no hitting” jersey.
— Neither Paul MacLean nor general manager Bryan Murray was ready to make a call on whether or not Mika Zibanejad would be with the team beyond the nine-game mark (Tuesday). The team is considering starting him on Tuesday and then scratching him on Thursday so it has more time to make the right decision.