Alfie 'feeling good,' tests out knee

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson rode the bike yesterday, but it's not clear when he'll be back in the saddle.

Alfredsson underwent surgery on his right knee Friday to have a bone chip removed.

"He's feeling pretty good," said coach Craig Hartsburg after practice at Scotiabank Place. "He's got very little swelling, which is a positive. He's doing well, but every day we have to wait and see how he feels. I don't perceive it to be a real long time (before he's back in the lineup), but I don't want to put a time frame on it."

The original projection was Alfredsson would be out 10 days to two weeks.

CUT PHILLIPS ON MEND

Defenceman Chris Phillips got a bit of a shock Saturday night when he took a shot in the leg. His sock was soaked with blood after a cut was opened up and a vein nicked. Some speedy work by Dr. Don Chow got the vein and cut stitched up. Phillips missed practice yesterday. With the club scheduled for an off-ice workout and video session today, Phillips should be back at practice when the Senators resume their on-ice workouts tomorrow.

2 GAMES, 2 GOALIES

Hartsburg planned to sit down with goaltending coach Eli Wilson yesterday to map out how goaltenders Martin Gerber and Alex Auld will be used for the upcoming back-to-back games at home Friday against the Phoenix Coyotes and Saturday against the Boston Bruins.

"Back-to-back games early in the year, I think it's a good situation to get them both in a game," said Hartsburg.

Auld played for the Bruins last year and signed with the Senators as a free agent in the summer, so he could get the call against his old club.

WATCH WINGS FLY

The Detroit Red Wings continue to be the standard in the NHL and Saturday's game gave Hartsburg plenty of teaching fodder.

"The tempo and the pace they play at every shift is something we have to continue to work at. They have great speed and skill, all these guys, but those guys, they play such a hard-working game. (Henrik) Zetterberg, (Pavel) Datsyuk, they outwork you as much as they do with their skill. That's why they won. To me, that's one of the great lessons there," said Hartsburg.

"Their transition game, everybody talks about how they move the puck up the ice, but the other side of their transition game from offence to defence, is better than anybody's in the league from what I've seen. How hard they come back, immediately how quick they backcheck to get the puck back.

"We're not there yet on that stuff. We're trying to head in that direction, but that's why they're the best. They've got their best players, their skilled players with a tremendous work ethic on both sides of the puck.

"There's lots of lessons we can learn from that team. That's the direction we want to go. We want to play at that speed, at that tempo and work that hard on both sides of the puck, but we're not there yet."

Not many teams are.


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