Redden returns to Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

Wade Redden is ready.

The Ottawa Senators defenceman told coach Bryan Murray at the end of today's morning skate his groin has healed enough that he is ready to play tonight against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place.

"I feel good and I'm ready to go," said Redden, who has missed eight games this season as a result of the injury. "I'm going to get in there tonight and, hopefully, it's going to be fine."

Redden took the morning skate and reassured Murray he was healthy enough to come back.

"We just need him to play well," said Murray. "He's got to get back in there and play because he's an important play for us. He's been here a long time and people know he does a lot for us."

The return of Redden to anchor the blue line corps is another encouraging sign for the Senators, who have won two of their last three games -- both against the soaring Buffalo Sabres -- and have been starting to play more like the squad which was an NHL contender for the past several seasons.

Goalie Ray Emery, who has been in the net for the club's last three games after himself returning from an injury, will make the start tonight.

"He made three or four saves in the (4-1 win over Buffalo) Saturday that were the key for us winning that game," said Murray.


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