March 20, 2009
Comrie ready to returnSen missed two games with flu
By DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA
Mike Comrie practiced with the Senators today and, though still looking under the weather, declared he'll be ready to go when the team faces the New York Islanders Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.
The addition of Comrie, who has missed the last two games with the flu, would almost certainly be the only lineup change for an Ottawa team that doesn't want to tinker with success.
That means Brian Elliott should be back in goal trying to extend his personal winning streak to seven games, which is already a franchise record for a first-year netminder.
The Senators, having won seven of their past eight and six in a row at home, were 11 points out of the playoffs with 12 games left before Friday's action around the league.
A healthy chunk of their success has been the resurgence of the Pizza Line.
Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson have combined for 32 points in the team's last seven games.
Before he fell ill, Comrie was to be placed on a line with Alfredsson and Mike Fisher, leaving Spezza and Heatley to play with rookie Ryan Shannon.
But with Spezza (two goals and an assist) and Alfredsson (one of each) continuing their hot streaks in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Habs, coach Cory Clouston is uncertain of how he'll work the combinations.
"Some of that depends on who we're playing," he said this morning when asked about his shuffling. "We want to make sure (Comrie) is healthy before I comment on the lines."