Alfie returns against Habs

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:23 PM ET

The Senators' captain is ready to come back.

Daniel Alfredsson, who has missed six games as a result of a hip flexor injury, will return to the lineup tomorrow night against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.

Alfreddson will be reunited on a line with winger Dany Heatley and centre Jason Spezza. This will be a big boost for the Senators, who welcomed Heatley back from an 11-game absence in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers.

"It's going to be great to have him back," said Heatley this morning. "It felt good just skating, the three of us together, in practice."

Heatley scored twice and added an assist in Thursday's win, a huge offensive and confidence boost to a team that had won just three of its previous 11 games and saw its big lead atop the Eastern Conference dwindle to just one point. Going in to Saturday's game, the Senators are clear of Montreal by three points atop the conference.

Alfredsson said he feels good. He originally missed two games with the injury he suffered on Jan. 17 vs. Carolina. He returned to the lineup for a three game stretch - including a seven-point effort vs. Tampa on Jan. 24 - but left a game on Jan. 29 vs. the Isles.

"I feel good. It's been tough to be out. It will be good to be back," said Alfredsson.

Ray Emery will make his second straight start in net after being the winning goalie on Thursday.


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