Volchenkov finger nailed

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

HALIFAX -- The Senators blueline has been hit hard again.

Defenceman Anton Volchenkov is another victim of the injury bug after suffering a broken fingertip in a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night.

While the injury isn't considered serious, Volchenkov will be out out action 5-7 days because of the injury he suffered late in the game.

"I thought he was slashed, but I guess at the same time he was hit by a puck," said Senators coach Bryan Murray yesterday. "The doctors told us he should be feeling better by the end of the week.

"We just need to make sure we have enough players to play the games."

Volchenkov didn't accompany the team to Halifax and had minor surgery immediately following the game. He had been scheduled to play tonight against the Canadiens in Truro, N.S.

The Senators are hopeful he'll be ready for the season-opener Oct. 4 against the Maple Leafs.

The Senators are also without Jamie Allison, who has a sore groin. The Senators will find out today if he's able to skate and they're hopeful he can play tonight. Wade Redden also injured his groin last night. All this has left Murray scrambling to put lineups together.

"We're just going to see who is ready to play and go from there," said Murray.

The Senators will make their first cuts tomorrow in Ottawa.

With 46 players in camp, the club will likely send Nick Foligno and Cody Bass back to their junior teams and 19 players to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

That will leave the club with 15 forwards, eight defencemen and two goalies.

"You're seeing teams with more NHL lineups now," said Murray.


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