Ailing Sens duo unlikely to see Stars

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

DENVER -- Jason Spezza remains hopeful he'll suit up tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars, but admits it's still a long shot.

The Senators centre said yesterday he won't be on the ice today, but he'll try tomorrow's morning skate, depending on how his right hip flexor injury reacts to treatment.

That means if Spezza is going to return this week, it won't be until Saturday's visit by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Part of the problem is that we've been flying a lot," said Spezza. "I'd like to play against Dallas, but it might make more sense to come back Saturday. We're just going to have to wait to see how it reacts in the next couple of days."

Defenceman Wade Redden, who has missed nine games with a knee injury that was only supposed to keep him out a week, could return against the Stars. That won't be decided until after the morning skate.

"I would say it's doubtful," said Redden.

THEY'RE KEEPERS: GM John Muckler has been thrilled with the play of Senators G Dominik Hasek. The comeback by Hasek, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent before the lockout season, has been a success and there's no question he gives the club a chance to win every time he's in the net. Muckler has also liked the play of backup G Ray Emery, who suffered his first career loss against the Calgary Flames (2-1) on Saturday. "I think our goaltending is the best that it has ever been. Both our guys have played outstanding for us," said Muckler.

SUCCESSFUL SURGERY: Senators RW Martin Havlat had surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder yesterday in Cleveland. All indications are the procedure was a success.


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