Bad news for Sens? Alfie leaves ice

Senators captain and leading pointgetter Daniel Alfredsson left practice early today with...

Senators captain and leading pointgetter Daniel Alfredsson left practice early today with discomfort. (QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 PM ET

About the last thing a team that's struggling offensively needs to see is its leading scorer leave practice early in discomfort.

Coach Cory Clouston is optimistic Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lineup when the Senators play the Maple Leafs in Toronto Tuesday night, but having already had front line players Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek pull up lame on game days this season, he also has to be somewhat concerned.

With 12 points in 11 games, Alfredsson has figured in on almost half of Ottawa's 26 goals.

"He's not 100 percent, but he knows his body better than anybody," said Clouston. "It's a little tweak, lower body and I think he should be fine for tomorrow.

"I told him to go off, ride the bike and we'll see how things are tomorrow. I expect him to be ready for tomorrow."

Pascal Leclaire has progressed well enough from a groin injury which has sidelined him for two weeks that he may suit up as the backup to Brian Elliott Tuesday.

Defenceman Filip Kuba also practiced with the team Monday, but he left the ice early and the Senators are looking at Saturday in Montreal as his likely return date.

Kuba has been out since breaking his leg the first day of training camp.


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