Sens not about to tinker

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher could be spending a lot of time together when they return from their respective knee injuries.

With the Senators rolling into tonight's home game against the Canucks with a 10-1-1 record in their past 12 games, coach Bryan Murray has no plans to break up any of his line combinations.

While Spezza and Fisher aren't going to be ready to return before the Senators host the Bruins on Jan. 29, expect to see them form a line with forward Antoine Vermette.

"I sure don't know right now. Fisher will have to move with Spezza, I would think," said Murray. "Then, we'll see where it goes. If we keep playing with some of the chemistry we have right now, I'd be wrong to make a lot of moves."

Fisher said he suffered a setback last Thursday when the Senators were in New York and won't be ready until after the break.

"I hit a rut in the ice and I thought I was done," said Fisher. "I had to wait for the swelling to go down and I'm starting to feel better."

Meanwhile, the line of Chris Kelly, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson has been one of the hottest trios in the league. To make Murray's decisions even more difficult, centre Mike Comrie has fit in well with Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer while Dean McAmmond has done the job with Christoph Schubert and Patrick Eaves.

The key has been the acquisition of Comrie in a deal with the Coyotes. He has three goals and four assists in seven games since joining Ottawa and is coming off a two-goal performance in the Senators' 5-2 win over the Capitals on Tuesday.

Comrie fits in nicely

"The one area we were really concerned about with Spezza, Fisher and Vermette going (down with injuries) was centre ice," said Murray.

"We addressed that with (Comrie) going in. Very definitely, he's made an impact. He's a guy who has the ability to play both ends of the rink. When we get healthy, I see us having three lines that can score goals on a regular basis."

Comrie has been happy with the way he has fit in.

"You don't ever know how things are going to go," said Comrie. "You come in and you work hard. Everybody is playing well. Everybody is contributing and we've got a lot of depth when you look down the lineup.

"It makes the transition easier when you feel comfortable and you feel part of the group. When you're winning, it takes the pressure off everyone."

Showdown with Canucks

Tonight, the Senators will face one of the hottest teams in Canada ... next to them. Yes, Ottawa is 10-1-1 in their last 12 games, but the Canucks are coming in on a red-hot 9-1-0 streak. This will be the only time the teams face off this season.

"I like the fact it's a good team coming in. We need energy, work ethic and good discipline in the game," said Murray.

"There's no question Vancouver's got a great goaltender (in Roberto Luongo). They are the New Jersey of the West in a lot of ways -- they trap you to death."


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