Hennessy could take centre stage

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Centre Josh Hennessy could be in the Senators' lineup tonight. The club is shorthanded up front and Hennessy, who hurt his shoulder in camp, may be cleared to play. The 22-year-old, who was acquired in a deal with San Jose last year, accompanied the Senators to Toronto, but won't know until after the morning skate whether he'll suit up.

OFF THE GLASS: C Jason Spezza will have plenty of friends and family at the ACC tonight, but he's not buying tickets for all of them. "I learned my lesson," said Spezza. "There's been a couple of times where I bought tickets, didn't play and then I had to scramble to get rid of 12-15 tickets at the last minute. A few years ago I bought a box for opening night and then got sent down to Binghamton. It was a disaster." ... Coach John Paddock fired a shot at former GM John Muckler for not keeping Zdeno Chara last season, blaming the loss of the big defenceman as a factor in the club's poor start. "Losing Zdeno Chara was just atrocious," said Paddock.

AROUND THE BOARDS: G Brian Elliott will back up starter Martin Gerber with Ray Emery at least a week away from returning to the lineup ... C Dean McAmmond skated for the first time since suffering a concussion on a vicious hit from Flyers prospect Steve Downie last Tuesday. "It's good news for us that he's on the ice. He's moving around out there and he's going to skate by himself again (today)," said Paddock ... Here's the likely lines for tonight: Dany Heatley-Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson; Nick Foligno-Mike Fisher-Patrick Eaves; Antoine Vermette-Chris Kelly-Chris Neil; Shean Donovan-Hennessy-Brian McGrattan. The defensive pairings: Wade Redden-Andrej Meszaros; Chris Phillips-Anton Volchenkov; Christoph Schubert-Joe Corvo. Veteran D Luke Richardson could be a healthy scratch.


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