All eyes on Sens lines

Milan Michalek, left, and Jason Spezza are likely to end up playing together to start the season. ...

Milan Michalek, left, and Jason Spezza are likely to end up playing together to start the season. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

The line combinations used by Senators coach Cory Clouston at this morning's practice will likely stay intact for Friday's final preseason tuneup and -- barring a surprise -- the start of the regular season.

With lots of speculation in the wind in the wake of GM Brian Murray's comments on Tuesday that he is looking to move a veteran player or two to open up roster spots, and relieve salary pressure, all eyes were on today's workout combinations.

Working from left-centre-right, they were:

  • Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson
  • Mike Fisher-Peter Regin-Alex Kovalev
  • Nick Foligno-Ryan Shannon-Jonathan Cheechoo
  • Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Chris Neil

That leaves Shean Donovan, Christoph Schuber and Zack Smith as the extra forwards, with Jesse Winchester out three weeks recovering from a knee injury.

This is how the defensive pairings are looking:

  • Chris Phillips-Anton Volchenkov
  • Filip Kuba-Erik Karlsson
  • Alex Picard-Chris Campoli
  • Matt Carkner-Brian Lee

"We feel we have very good depth up front, and on the back end as well," said Clouston. "We're a solid team."

The Senators have won their past two pre-season games after an 0-3 start to the exhibition schedule. They host Boston on Friday at Scotiabank Place.


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