|Daniel Alfredsson was able to ride a bike on Friday, his first attempt at physical activity since being sidelined with a concussion last week. (QMI Agency files)
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson took a step in the right direction Friday in his recovery from a concussion.
Alfredsson wasn’t on the ice for the fifth straight day, but QMI Agency has learned he was able to ride the bike Friday morning. He will miss his second game after taking a hit from New York Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski last Saturday.
That would be the first physical activity Alfredsson has had since suffering the injury.
The 38-year-old captain is nowhere close to return to the lineup, but at the very least it’s good news after Alfredsson revealed to reporters Thursday that he couldn’t even play with his children without getting dizzy.
The Senators will make two changes against the Habs.
Brian Lee, a healthy scratch for seven straight games, will return to the lineup while centre Zenon Konopka is also going to be out. Lee will replace David Rundblad, who was minus-2 in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday.
Winger Kaspars Daugavins, who returned to Binghamton Monday for dental surgery, is back as promised by GM Bryan Murray and will suit up for Konopka. As for Rundblad, the Senators are trying to manage his ice time.
“We want to monitor (Rundblad’s) ice time and his games played,” said coach Paul MacLean. “Since he hasn’t played an NHL schedule before, when he’s playing we want to make sure that he’s playing at a high level and not have his game take a lot of dips up and down.
“We just want to make sure we keep him in a good state so that he has an opportunity to work on his body as well as his game.”
Goalie Craig Anderson will make the start.