Kuba out, Filatov likely back for Sens

Ottawa Senators’ Nikita Filatov is hit with a skate in the face as he checks Winnipeg Jets’ Eric...

Ottawa Senators’ Nikita Filatov is hit with a skate in the face as he checks Winnipeg Jets’ Eric Fehr during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Winnipeg November 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

Senators winger Nikita Filatov was fortunate to escape serious injury when he was accidentally kicked in the face by Winnipeg’s Eric Fehr Tuesday night.

As it turns out, he does not have a broken nose, as the team reported following the game, and should be in the lineup when the Senators take on the Dallas Stars Thursday night at Reunion Arena.

It appears the Senators will not be so lucky with regards to defenceman Filip Kuba, who suffered an “upper-body” when he was rammed into the boards and did not return.

Coach Paul MacLean says Kuba’s particiaption against the Stars is “doubtful.”

Kuba, who had a terrible season in 2010-11, has been a key member of the team’s penalty kill and solid overall.

“He’s played real well for me,” coach Paul MacLean said after the team’s off-ice workout Thursday.

Likely taking the place of Kuba will be Brian Lee, who’s been a healthy scratch the last two games. There’s a chance Matt Carkner, who is working his way back from off-season knee surgery, will get some consideration, but MacLean is likely to go with Lee.

Filatov did suffer a slight fracture of his nose in the first-period incident, and didn’t return to the game because of a headache and dizziness that raised concerns of a concussion.

But when he woke up Wednesday morning in Dallas, following the team’s late-night flight from Winnipeg, he was feeling much better.

If he does play, Filatov is expected to be back on the first line, alongside Jason Spezza and Colin Greening.

Filatov knows he has to start producing.

“Pretty much if you’re not scoring with those two, you’re not scoring with anyone else,” said Filatov.


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