Senators defenceman Wade Redden left practice early on Monday and is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game in Montreal. Redden has been hampered by a groin injury since the start of the season and missed his first game on Saturday in Boston.
Forward Peter Schaefer, who has missed four straight games with a hip flexor injury, will make the trip to Montreal and will be a game-day decision.
Bryan Murray announced that Ray Emery will get the start in goal against the Canadiens. Emery was in goal for the Senators 3-2 shootout win at Montreal on October 14th.
This should help us quite a bit. I haven't seen the Sens this season other then the time the Canadiens faced them, but he's generally their best defenders. With Chara in Boston and Redden injured, it'll bode well for our skilled offensive players as well as those that thrive with strong forechecking. The Sens will have a tougher time getting out of their zone.
Ottawa doesn't play again until Saturday. As such, I would expect Redden to sit on Tueday giving him a full week to rest his groin. He has not been his normal self so far due to the injury, so the rest should be a good thing.
Hopefully Schaefer will be in the lineup, as that will create three solid lines.