Spezza sits out team practice

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:22 PM ET

Jason Spezza did not practice with his teammates Monday morning and is “doubtful” for the Senators home game against the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday.

Coach Cory Clouston also listed his No. 1 centre in the “hopeful” category for Thursday’s visit by the Florida Panthers.

“He had a skate this morning without the team, and he’s made some real good progress,” said Clouston.

The Senators have won just one of the three games that Spezza has missed with a groin problem this season. They’ve also scored only five goals during that span, three of which came off the stick of Daniel Alfredsson.

In facing the Coyotes, they’ll see a team that, heading into Monday’s game in Montreal, was also struggling to win and generate offence.

Phoenix has just two victories, plus a couple of overtime losses, in its first six games. 

The Coyotes 15 goals total was tied with New Jersey and Edmonton for lowest in the NHL.

Meanwhile, Clouston said defenceman Filip Kuba and goalie Pascal Leclaire are inching closer to making their return from injury. Kuba, who suffered a broken leg the first day of training camp, should be back in about 10 days. Leclaire, who pulled a groin five games ago, is expected back sooner.

“They’re going to need a few practices with the team before they can play,” said Clouston. “Until both of them feel the pressure of a practice, and test it in that practice, it’s kind of day by day. But they had a good skate this morning and everything seemed real positive.”

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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