Hurtin' Alfie skips Sens' practice


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CALGARY As expected, Daniel Alfredsson is playing hurt. But for how long?

Fifteen years, the Senators captain deadpanned when that question was posed to him Tuesday.

A more recent, nagging injury is threatening to keep Alfredsson out of the lineup against the Flames. Alfredsson skipped practice Tuesday, calling it a maintenance day, but then effectively put himself in the questionable category for Wednesdays game at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Its been something Ive been dealing with, but it hasnt been something I havent been able to handle, said Alfredsson. So it hasnt been a big issue for me before.

Well see (Wednesday). Its been the last little while, it hasnt been getting much better. (Tuesday) well take a day off, see how it is (Wednesday) and go from there.

More definitive is the status of centre Jesse Winchester. He suffered a left knee injury in the first period against Vancouver and did not return.

Coach Cory Clouston estimated that Winchester will miss at least a week, but right now nobody knows for sure.

I was unlucky I guess ... freaky little accident, said Winchester. Its frustrating. Ill take it day by day. I dont think its too, too serious. Im looking forward to getting back soon.

I dont even know what happened, really. I just felt a pop. It is what it is. Its going to get better.

Mike Fisher was also banged up against the Canucks. He suffered an undisclosed injury on the first shift of the game and wound up playing just 13:21, well below his average.

For a little while there, I struggled a bit to keep up, he said, but I felt a little bit better towards the end.

Fisher said hell be fine to face the Flames. The Senators are currently carrying one extra forward, but may have to put in a call to Binghamton as insurance for Alfredsson.