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.