Wounded Sens to return

Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips will suit up for Game 1 of their second-round series against the...

Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips will suit up for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. (Ottawa Sun/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

Virtually all members of the Senators' corps of walking wounded are ready for battle against the Buffalo Sabres.

Coach Bryan Murray told reporters today after the Senators' practise that he considers defenceman Brian Pothier to be the only question mark on the club's injured list -- with the obvious exception of goalie Dominik Hasek -- as the Senators prepare to open the second round against the Sabres tomorrow at Scotiabank Place. That means the club will get steady defenceman Chris Phillips back into uniform, as well as forwards Chris Kelly and Vaclav Varada.

"We're ready to go. The guys have had enough practice and they want to get back to playing games," said Murray. "We know the Sabres are going to be a real tough opponent. We feel good about our chances."

The Senators open the Eastern Conference semi-finals Friday night at The Bank, 7 p.m. (CBC, OLN). Game two is Sunday, also in Ottawa.

The Sabres arrived in town this afternoon from Buffalo.

While the Senators were passed up for most of the major awards when the league announced its finalists this afternoon, centre Mike Fisher is a nominee for the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive player. He'll be up against Jere Lehtinen of Dallas and Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Knowing what this trophy is about, I am obviously honoured," said Fisher.


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