Jason Spezza is going to take a step back.
The Senators centre missed his fourth straight game last night with a chest injury against Carolina. And it's doubtful he'll be back tomorrow vs. the Islanders.
In fact, Spezza, who doesn't have any strength when he tries to shoot due to the injury he suffered Dec. 20 against Montreal, didn't take part in yesterday's morning skate and is going to take some time off.
"It wasn't working by skating, so we're going to try a couple of days of not skating and see if it gets any better," said Spezza. "I jokingly asked (trainer) Gerry (Townend), 'Am I going to play next year.' He said, 'Yes.' Fortunately, next year is only a few days away.
NOT GETTING 'ANY BETTER'
"It hasn't really gotten any better. It's frustrating because you want to be out there playing. It's tough because when it happened, I thought I might be back the next day, but now it looks like it could be a couple of weeks by the time I get back to playing."
Spezza said he hasn't ruled out playing against the Isles, but didn't sound optimistic. He will make the week-long, four-game road trip, which starts Tuesday in Atlanta, and that might be a more realistic possibility for a return to the lineup.
"I haven't ruled out playing (tomorrow), but who knows? I haven't seen a lot of improvement, but I want to get back in there, so I'm just going to see how it goes," said Spezza.