It just makes Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Daniel Alfredsson is about to move back into comfortable surroundings ... for the time being.

Don't be surprised to see Senators coach Bryan Murray decide to put his biggest guns back together on the team's No. 1 line.

After splitting up Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Alfredsson at the end of last season, Murray is likely to reunite the high-scoring trio Thursday night, when the Calgary Flames visit Scotiabank Place.

You have to go with what's working and in the Senators' case, there's not a lot to choose from right now. So the two late goals Spezza scored in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres could count for a lot.

DANGEROUS COMBO

Spezza, Heatley and Alfredsson played together most of last season and formed one of the most dangerous combinations in the NHL. With the Senators in an early season funk, it would make sense to leave the trio together -- Murray used them together in the late going against Buffalo -- then try to find a second-line combination that's effective.

"My intent was to put (Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson) together for the power play in the third period, but when they got going, I left them together," said Murray.

"It leaves us a little bit short on scoring on another line, but obviously if they get two (goals) at the end of the game, they might have to play together."

That means changes are going to have to take place elsewhere. Winger Patrick Eaves, who was playing on the right side with Heatley and Spezza, could team up with centre Mike Fisher and winger Peter Schaefer.

On Saturday, Murray moved winger Denis Hamel to the left side of a line with Dean McAmmond and Chris Neil. That meant Antoine Vermette finished the game with Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan.

Another option for Murray: Try Vermette on a line with Schaefer and Fisher. Vermette scored 20 goals last season, wants more of an offensive role and could be better than Eaves at this point. But rest assured, Murray will consider several combinations this week.

A lot of practice time this week will also be spent on special teams, which have struggled in the early going.

"We have three practices before we play again," said Murray.

"I believe in that time, we will hopefully get the special teams in good order."


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