Senators hope to have their walking wounded back

Senators defenceman Cody Ceci goes down after taking a shot to the head from Predators defenceman...

Senators defenceman Cody Ceci goes down after taking a shot to the head from Predators defenceman Shea Weber during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Monday, March 10, 2014. (Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

OTTAWA - After five games against Western Conference teams that damaged their playoff chances as well as their overall health, the Senators are hopeful of having all their walking wounded back for their return to the East, where winning is the only acceptable option.

Goalie Craig Anderson, who left Monday’s tilt in the third period with what is being called a shoulder “stinger,” should be ready for Saturday’s visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre.

“It appears like he’s going to be all right, is the end of it, but we felt today was a good day to let him heal up,” coach Paul MacLean said after Tuesday’s practice. “I have no concern that he wouldn’t be ready to go (against the Habs).”

Sounding less certain is the status of defenceman Cody Ceci, who suffered a deep laceration behind the right ear when he was hit by a Shea Weber slap shot. After the game, Ceci Tweeted some relief to his followers.

“Thanks for all your concerns, just a cut and a little shaken up, should be back at it soon enough,” he wrote.


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