OTTAWA--It appears Jason Spezza is going to give it a go.
And he might even have surprising company among Ottawa's walking wounded.
Senators head coach Bryan Murray confirmed this morning that Spezza, pointless in the first two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, is feeling sufficiently better from a leg injury that he'll play in Game 3 tonight, with the Pens leading the series 2-0.
|Jason Spezza, right, and Daniel Alfredsson combined to score 74 goals for the Ottawa Senators during the 2007-08 regular season.|
That wasn't exactly a shocker. What was, however, was Murray's suggestion that captain Daniel Alfredsson might be available after being on the sidelines every since suffering knee and concussion problems after a late season bodycheck from Maple Leaf forward Mark Bell.
"I don't know," said Murray about Alfredsson after a morning meeting between the two. "I'm not shutting the door on anything."
Maybe it's just a smokescreen. In fact, little is known about the precise nature of Alfredsson's injuries, or whether he's even been skating, although apparently he did go for a twirl Monday night.
"I think he has (skated). . .once," said Murray, being deliberately vague on the matter, other than to say he'll meet with Alfredsson before the game.
If Alfredsson were to appear tonight before a raucous if worried home crowd, it would obviously be an inspirational charge for the Senators. Then again, if he is suffering from concussion related symptoms, it would be awfully risky to throw him out there in the middle of a playoff game without a proper regimen of workouts and practices beforehand.
Spezza, meanwhile, needs to not only play, but get the Sens offence rolling, as is also the case for winger Dany Heatley.
"I'm really happy with their play but you're not," said Murray. "I'd like to see them get some points."
Both Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly, meanwhile, are expected to miss their third straight playoff games.