Redden braces for injury

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- The knee brace Wade Redden wore in the Senators dressing room yesterday was an ominous sign.

It's a sign that the Senators defenceman's bruised left knee, injured during a collision with Mike Fisher in practice on Wednesday, could keep him out of the lineup longer than a week.

The Senators will be without Redden as they face the Isles today at 2 p.m. in a U.S. Thanksgiving game at the Nassau County Coliseum.

"The way it feels today you would think it's going to be a lot longer (than a week)," said Redden. "That being said, it can get better pretty quickly, too. I had one of these before and I was back quicker than expected.

"This is more of a pain in my ass than anything else. It was just kind of a fluke that it happened. I kind of got caught up in a 1-on-1 drill in practice with Mike Fisher."

Defenceman Christoph Schubert, who has seen only limited duty as the No. 7 man, was skating with Redden's partner Anton Volchenkov. The pairings of Chris Phillips-Zdeno Chara and Brian Pothier-Andrej Meszaros remained intact.

"You don't replace a guy like Wade Redden," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "He's one of the top defencemen in the league.

"But I was just telling (Schubert): 'That's why we give you big money and keep you around here.' We have to be able to count on a guy like this in this situation. He's worked hard and he's shown that he can play in the NHL when given the chance. This is a good opportunity for him."

Phillips said everybody has to step it up.

"Losing a guy like (Redden) is a big blow, but we've got other people here that are able to get the job done," said Phillips.

"Schubert has been here since camp and he's shown he can step in there. We're going to miss a guy like Redden, but at the same time we're going to have to play better as a group."

Redden is hopeful the injury doesn't hurt his chances of making Team Canada for the Olympics.

Scott Niedermayer, Adam Foote, Rob Blake, Chris Pronger and Ed Jovanovski are considered locks for jobs. That leaves two spots open -- with Redden and guys like Robin Regehr, Bryan McCabe, Dan Boyle and Phillips in the mix.

"I'm a little concerned because the team is going to be named (Dec. 21)," said Redden. "I'm hoping that they know what I can do and just because I miss a couple of weeks that doesn't mean they'll consider not taking me. I'm going to be fine and this shouldn't be any major concern."


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