Redden, Emery ruled out

Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden will not be playing tonight against the Montreal Canadiens,...

Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden will not be playing tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, along with injured goalie Ray Emery. (Ottawa Sun File/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:53 PM ET

Wade Redden is back on the shelf -- and that's not the type of news a badly slumping team needs to hear.

The Senators learned today their standout defenceman has gone from bad to worse with a groin injury that has nagged him since training camp.

Redden won't play tonight against the Montreal Canadiens and it's likely he won't return for at least another week -- which would mean next Monday against the Minnesota Wild at the earliest.

"We don't know how long he's going to be out, but it's going to be a while," said coach Bryan Murray, whose faltering team is 1-6 in its last seven games and foundering near the bottom of the Easern Conference standings.

Redden didn't take part in the morning skate today and was hurting before Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, but was in the lineup.

'It was feeling good early in the week," said Redden. "It tightened up. It's tough to say. I'm just going to go with how I feel. I'm going to give it some rest."

The other big question about tonight's game (7:30 p.m., Scotiabank Place, Sportsnet TV) was who would get the start in net, and the Senators confirmed it will be struggling Martin Gerber. Ray Emery has still not recovered from an arm injury, and is likely out for another several days. The good news is that Gerber is 4-0-0 lifetime against Montreal.


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