Spezza sits out practice

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

There was no sign of Jason Spezza at Senators' practice today at Scotiabank Place.

But the team says the sniper will be on the ice when the puck is dropped in tomorrow night's home opener against John Tavares and the New York Islanders.

Spezza was on the training table for some rehab in the wake of Ottawa's 2-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday. He is apparently suffering from some bumps and bruises and was given the day off for rest and rehab.

"He'll be fine tomorrow," said Senators coach Cory Clouston.

What is known is the Senators will be without defenceman Filip Kuba (lower body) for the second straight game. Centre Jesse Winchester (right knee) returned to practice today but also will not play. Forward Ryan Shannon will also be on the shelf with a head injury.

Thursday's game kicks off a three-game homestand for Ottawa, which includes Atlanta Saturday and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Ottawa is 1-1 after opening on the road with a 5-2 loss in New York, then the win in Toronto.

"(The win) does you give confidence and you work hard in practice," said Clouston.

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire, who made 26 saves against the Leafs, will start tomorrow. Backup Brian Elliott is expected to play Saturday.


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