OTTAWA - A left shoulder injury to Filip Kuba that has kept him out of the Senators lineup the last three games will now sideline him 3 to 4 weeks.
The Senators put the veteran defenceman on the injury reserve list Wednesday. Kuba will not need surgery.
“He’s going to rehab,” said coach Paul MacLean.
That means both David Rundblad and Brian Lee — two blueliners who had been taking turns as the designated sitter — will play Wednesday at Scotiabank Place against Washington and Thursday in New Jersey.
But that could change Saturday, when Matt Carkner will be available to suit up for the home game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Carkner, who hasn’t played an NHL game this season because of a knee injury that required surgery, is in Binghamton on a conditioning stint. His last game for the B-Sens is Wednesday and he will join his Ottawa teammates in New Jersey, but MacLean won’t suit him up against the Devils because it would mean Carkner playing in back to back games.
“We’ll start to consider (Carkner) for Saturday, but today is only Wednesday,” said MacLean.
“So it’s a little early.”
At the present, his focus is on beating a Capitals team the Senators have lost to both times they’ve played them this season, by scores of 2-1 and 3-2. This is the first time the teams will meet in Ottawa.
“We’d like to work with a lead tonight,” said MacLean.
“Get something in the first period, get started. We also, at the same time, want to be patient and make sure we execute.”
For the last two games, Caps coach Dale Hunter has made a healthy scratch of Alexander Semin, who draws a $6.7 million salary. However, Semin skated on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom at the morning skate.
“He’s a skilled guy, there’s no doubt,” Ovechkin said of Semin, who refused interviews because he was uncomfortable with his English.
“He’s probably one of the best puck handlers in the league. It’s good for the line to play with him.” Semin, a one-time 40 goal scorer, has five goals and five assists in 23 games this season.
“Right now it’s a game time decision,” Hunter said of Semin.
“If he is in the lineup, I expect him to score goals for us.”