Dynamic Duo split up for Habs tilt

Senators forward Jason Spezza. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

Senators forward Jason Spezza. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

OTTAWA -- The Dynamic Duo will be going their separate ways tonight.

Centre Jason Spezza and winger Dany Heatley will be split up tonight when the Senators face the Canadiens at the Bell Centre for an exhibition game.

While the pair have been all but joined at the hip since Heatley arrived in Ottawa two seasons ago, coach John Paddock wants to see if he can spread the offence around.

"They're not going to play together all the time," Paddock said yesterday. "They're not playing together and that's all."

Heatley is slated to play on a line with rookie Nick Foligno and Russian centre Ilja Zubov. Spezza will likely play with Shean Donovan and Patrick Eaves, but that won't be finalized until after today's morning skate in Ottawa.

Paddock is tinkering elsewhere in the lineup, too.

He is going to move defenceman Christoph Schubert, who played 23 minutes on the blue line against the Capitals Thursday, to forward on the fourth line with Cody Bass and Brian McGrattan against the Habs.

Schubert has made it clear he'd rather be a full-time defenceman, but the Senators want to take advantage of the fact he can play both positions.

"We don't know how it's going to unfold ... he may end up playing both," said Paddock.


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