Alfie takes a break

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

The high-scoring winger drilling pucks into the back of the nets at Senators practice yesterday was Dany Heatley, not Daniel Alfredsson.

However, too much shouldn't be read into either the former's presence or the latter's absence.

Alfredsson, who left Tuesday's game in the second period when his hip flexor flared up, might have taken the day off anyway. Hours before the 5-2 win over the Islanders, coach John Paddock had suggested his hardworking 35-year-old captain use the time to rest.

There was no definitive word on No. 11's status for tonight's game at Scotiabank Place against Boston. It is expected he'll be declared a no-go at today's morning skate.

"I'd say when you come out of the game it's iffy or possible," said Paddock. "He's not a lock to play when he comes out of the game."

HEATLEY PRACTISES

Heatley, who was told he'd be out 4-6 weeks after separating his shoulder Jan. 12, looks like he'll return sooner rather than later -- probably another 10-14 days, not 24-28.

"I know it sounds kind of cliche, but it's a day-to-day thing," said Heatley. "We work it harder every day and see how it reacts the next day."

The Sens will be without Patrick Eaves, who has a shoulder-neck problem.


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