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Alfredsson and Schaefer could return against Sabres

Friday, 12.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02