Jaw breaker for Sens

Daniel Alfredsson will miss at least a week with a fractured jaw. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

Daniel Alfredsson will miss at least a week with a fractured jaw. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:34 PM ET

The Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for at least a week after he sustained a fractured jaw when he was hit by a shot off the stick of Dany Heatley in Colorado Tuesday night.

"I have no idea," said Alfredsson, when asked after the morning skate how long he will be out. "I need time away with no contact for a week. We'll look at it again next week and go from there."

The Senators are preparing to battle the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Scotiabank Place.

Alfredsson's jaw was swollen on the left side. He asked doctors about playing with a cage or some or other protection, but the doctors said another blow to the jaw could mean Alfredsson would need surgery involving plates and screws.

"There's nothing I could put on and play today," said Alfredsson. "We've just got to give it some time."

Chris Kelly will move up to take Alfredsson's spot with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley tonight against the Canucks. Josh Hennesey, called up from Binghamton of the AHL, will take Kelly's spot on a line with Antoine Vermette and Jarkko Ruutu.

The Senators are coming off a five-game road trip in which they earned nine out of a possible 10 points.

Canucks forward Mats Sundin is making his first swing through Ontario since signing with the Canucks in December and will return to Toronto to face the Leafs Saturday night.

It will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets. Sundin was the Leafs' captain and best player for a long time, but many Leafs fans felt he could have helped the Leafs by waiving his no-trade clause at last year's trade deadline to help the Leafs rebuild. He opted to stay put and signed with the Canucks half way through this season.

"I haven't really thought about it too much, to be honest with you," he said of his return to Toronto. "Obviously, we're just in a position we're in a hunt for a playoff spot and we have a big game tonight against Ottawa, so I'll start with that and we'll worry about the next game tomorrow, I guess."

Brian Elliott will start in nets for the Senators tonight.


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