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Alfredsson's season done early

Ailing back will keep out of Senators' final game against Maple Leafs

Saturday, 11.04.2009 / 1:53 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Alfredsson\'s season done early
Call it a frustrating end to a frustrating season.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson won't be in the lineup tonight when the Ottawa Senators close out their 2008-09 campaign in Toronto against the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). An ailing back is the culprit that will keep Alfredsson on the sidelines for only the third game this season.

"My back is bothering me," said Alfredsson. "I would have liked to have played but (given) where my back is, I think it's best to sit this one out."

Alfredsson said the injury won't require off-season surgery.

"It's just going to take rehab and strengthening it up here and I'll be fine," he said. "It hasn't been too bad. It's more in the last week or so, it's been getting a little worse. It's nothing serious."

Earlier this week, Alfredsson indicated back woes would prevent him from suiting up for Sweden at the IIHF 2009 World Hockey Championship, which begins in two weeks in Switzerland.

"He’s played with a lot of injuries the last little while and it finally caught up to him," said Senators head coach Cory Clouston. "But he’s been real good for us, he’s been a leader and we can’t expect a whole lot more from him."

"My back is bothering me. I would have liked to have played but (given) where my back is, I think it's best to sit this one out." - Daniel Alfredsson
Tonight's matchup marks the first time since the Senators re-entered the National Hockey League in 1992-93 that both teams will be on the outside looking in when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin next Wednesday. The Senators (36-34-11) will finish 11th in the Eastern Conference, one spot ahead of the Leafs (33-35-13).

Still, Clouston expects a spirited affair this evening.

"Both teams are looking for the same thing – to finish on a high note, to play well and build some momentum for next year," he said.

Around the boards

Brian Elliott (16-7-3) gets the start in goal for Ottawa tonight, his first since March 31. Alex Auld started the previous five games ... The Senators, meanwhile, will see former teammate Martin Gerber in the Leafs net ... With a 6-1 home-ice loss on Friday night, the Binghamton Senators were officially eliminated from playoff contention in the American Hockey League. The B-Sens close out their season tonight in Albany, N.Y., against the River Rats.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06