Alfie likely out for Game 4
Sens captain skips morning skate
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|The Sens are unlikely to have captain Daniel Alfredsson play in Game 4 tonight in Ottawa. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson wasn't on the ice Wednesday morning at Scotiabank Place. Don't expect him to be in the lineup for Game 4 either.
The Senators captain will likely miss his second straight game after being sidelined by a concussion suffered on a hit from New York Rangers winger Carl Hagelin in Game 2 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Hagelin will miss the match as well, serving the second of his three-game suspension handed down by the NHL for the elbow to the head.
Alfredsson, 39, is listed as day-to-day. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean didn't shed a lot of light on his situation during his pre-game press conference.
"At this time there is no update and no change," said MacLean.
The Senators don't expect to have him on the ice, however.
"When you have a player of his calibre out, you need other people to step up," said centre Jason Spezza. "We're obviously a better team with him in the lineup. It's a good opportunity for other guys to make an impact."
Who goes in to replace Alfredsson?
Well, that's also a question mark. It would appear winger Bobby Butler, who played well in a 1-0 loss in Game 3 Monday, will remain in the lineup but that has not been confirmed.
Binghamton callup Mike Hoffman was on the ice with the big club and took a regular shift during the skate. Many believe Hoffman was just there to keep Butler on his toes and make sure he doesn't take anything for granted.
Hoffman was told Tuesday to be at the morning skate.
"That's pretty much all I know right now. I'm just going to go from there" said Hoffman. "It's a great experience for a young guy like me. I'm just going to try to work as hard as I can. I don't know anything."
Puck drop is 7:30 p.m., at Scotiabank Place.