BOSTON -- The Senators didn't have enough bodies to fill out their lineup card last night.
Already missing captain Daniel Alfredsson, centre Jason Spezza, and wingers Martin Havlat and Brandon Bochenski, the Senators became a man short when defenceman Brian Pothier wasn't able to play against Boston.
That left the club with just 19 players to face the Bruins.
Pothier blocked a shot during Ottawa's 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Although he finished that game, he wasn't able to suit up last night.
With Pothier out and Spezza no closer to a return, the Senators moved Christoph Schubert -- who had been playing on the fourth line -- back to defence.
Pothier is listed as day-to-day.
"We did x-rays and there's no break or anything, but he definitely can't play," said coach Bryan Murray. "How long is he going to be out? We'll see how he is (today in Montreal) and then we'll have to decide if we're going to call somebody up."
The Senators toyed with the idea of recalling either winger Grant Potulny or Denis Hamel from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton, but decided they'd go with just 17 skaters last night.
There is some good news on the injury front. Alfredsson is continuing to skate and work out in Ottawa, while Spezza went for a 30-minute twirl on the TD BankNorth Garden ice following an optional workout yesterday morning. Neither one is being counted on to play against the Canadiens tomorrow afternoon and Alfredsson could still be more than a week away from action.
The Senators also had a scary moment in the first period when defenceman Andrej Meszaros had to be carried off the ice after blocking a shot from Milan Jurcina. Fortunately, Meszaros was able to return a few minutes later.