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Alfredsson and Schaefer could return against Sabres

Friday, 15.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Alfredsson and Schaefer could return against Sabres
Senators forward Peter Schaefer, above, along with captain Daniel Alfredsson are both hopeful to return to the lineup tomorrow.

The Ottawa Senators could have veteran wingers Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer back in the lineup when they face the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena tomorrow. The decision on both Schaefer, who is out with an eye infection, and Alfredsson, out with a hip injury, won't be certain until after tomorrow morning's skate, but Senators head coach Bryan Murray is optimistic they'll be back in the lineup.

"Schaefer told me he was going to play. Whether the eye was better or not, he wanted to play," Murray said after practice today. "It sounds like Alfie has a chance to play. I haven't talked to him in length but I will in the morning.... after the skate he can decide if he can go 100 per cent or not."

Alfredsson was excited with his performance at practice this afternoon.

"I felt pretty good today," Alfredsson said. "I'll probably let the coach know tomorrow that I am available or not. If it feels as good as it did today, I'm playing."

As the team looks to close out its current four-game road trip, which stands at 1-2-0, Murray knows both players can help the team return to Ottawa with a .500 record.

"Good players affect every team," Murray said. "(Nashville's) Steve Sullivan comes back last night and he gets three goals. If he's not in the lineup, it's only 3-0, maybe. Good players make everybody around them better."

Senators defenceman Chris Phillips was asked if he expects his team to bounce back against Buffalo after its 6-0 loss to Nashville on Thursday.

"I sure do," Phillips said. "We certainly want to have a better showing after what happened last game and salvage this road trip with a .500 record and head back home."

 

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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