LONDON, ONT. - The Ottawa Senators' stay here was short but sweet.
The players had a one-hour skate followed by a team meeting at the John Labatt Centre Wednesday before hitting the road for Detroit. The Senators are preparing to face the Red Wings Friday in their NHL season opener at the Joe Louis Arena.
No decision has been made on whether centre Peter Regin will suit up against the Wings. He took part in practice but didn’t take any contact.
Coach Paul MacLean said it was a step in the right direction.
“We’re still optimistic for Friday,” said MacLean. “I thought he was more of a participant, which is a good sign. We’ll take the day (Thursday) and get a better read to see how he is. I thought it was a good sign that he did more in the practice than he did (Wednesday).”
The Senators will skate Friday at the Joe Louis Arena.
MacLean made one minor change with his lines. Colin Greening skated with Mika Zibanejad and Daniel Alfredsson while Milan Michalek was with Jason Spezza and Nikita Filatov.
Much of the practice was spent on the power play. The top unit: Michalek, Spezza and Filatov up front with Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson on the points.