Spezza not on ice but will play

The Senators will have Jason Spezza in the lineup tonight against the Isles. (Errol McGihon/QMI...

The Senators will have Jason Spezza in the lineup tonight against the Isles. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:02 PM ET

OTTAWA - There was no sign of Jason Spezza Friday on the ice at Scotiabank Place.

He will be in the lineup Friday night.

Coach Paul MacLean insisted the Senators alternate captain is fine and he’ll be around to face the New York Islanders as the club opens a five-game homestand.

“Just a maintenance day,” said MacLean.

“He had the morning off. The expectation is he will play.”

The Senators will try to halt a four-game losing streak and get back on track with several teams chasing them and a playoff spot up for grabs in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s fantastic (to be home),” said MacLean.

“It seems like all we’ve done is travel the country. We were here for all star weekend and that was great but we’re looking forward to playing at home.”

Goalie Craig Anderson will make his career-high 16th straight start against the Islanders.

There won’t be any other changes which means defenceman Brian Lee is going to be a healthy scratch.

This will be the first of a back-to-back series at home for the Senators.

The club will host the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night in the Battle of Ontario.

Twitter: @sungarrioch


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