Sens in Wade mode

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Senators defenceman Wade Redden's return to the lineup will come down to how he feels after today's practice at GM Place.

Redden, recovering from a sprained left knee, skated at the Bell Sensplex yesterday before the team's five-hour flight here and is hoping to be back when the Senators face the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night (10 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet).

"I'm feeling okay. Right now, it's tough for me to tell," said Redden. "It's not 100% ... that's for sure. I'm hoping that we will make progress. Right now, it's tough because I haven't had much in the way of physical contact. I would like to play (tomorrow), but I'm just going to have to wait to see."

OPTIONAL PRACTICE

Because Senators coach Bryan Murray made yesterday's practice optional, Redden won't be able to give the knee a good test until today's skate.

"I've got to see where I'm at once I've gone through a full practice and then I can decide what to do," said Redden.

A NEW LOOK: Senators W Bryan McGrattan is sporting a blonde mohawk. He went for the cut Tuesday and showed it off in the dressing room before the club's flight. "The person who is really going to be shocked is my mother. She's going to look at it and go, 'What is that?' This is something that I've been thinking about for awhile," said McGrattan. "I just went and got it done. I kind of had it before, but I just got it cut a little shorter this time."

NOTHING DOING: Senators LW Dany Heatley laughed at the suggestion yesterday that he and C Jason Spezza should try to convince captain Daniel Alfredsson to change his citizenship so the trio could play for Canada in Turin. "I don't think he'd do that ... He's a pretty hard-core Swede," said Heatley.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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