Hopefully we can play at a decent record until he comes back. This short season hasn't done us many favors.
I don't see a ton of Ws away from home happening but if they can still get single points here and there, it could work. Michalek coming back hopefully ups the goal production. He's due for a streak. Offense can't get worse really. I'm liking our odds.
Greening-Smith-Condra (work ethic line)
Regin-O'Brien-Neil (all over the ice line)
Maybe try to switch Alfie and Silfverberg
I'd rather put Spezza on a line that doesn't contribute nightly right now. Spezza will bring it when he gets back and keeping some balanced scoring could be the difference between having an easy line to shut-down ala Pizza line or having a great amount of depth in scoring.
Greening - Spezza - Zibanejad
Michalek - Smith - Alfredsson
Silfverberg - Turris - Condra
Daugavins/Regin - O'Brien - Neil
MacLean says he has “no idea” about report claiming Spezza setback
An RDS report late Wednesday suggested that injured Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza could need more time than expected to return from his back disc surgery and could still be out for another month, but Senators coach Paul MacLean says he was unaware of anything new development in his recovery.
MONTREAL — An RDS report late Wednesday suggested that injured Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza could need more time than expected to return from his back disc surgery and could still be out for another month, but Senators coach Paul MacLean says he was unaware of anything new development in his recovery.
“I have no idea,” MacLean said following the Senators’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens. “I don’t know. Not that I know of. I don’t know anything about that. I was here all day, just like (the media).”
Spezza had returned to skating to light skating in recent weeks – away from his teammates – and appeared to be on track to get back into the lineup, perhaps before the end of March.
However, the report by RDS’ Renaud Lavoie suggests that Spezza is dealing with “some stiffness” in his back, slowing his recovery.
The recovery from back disc surgery is typically in the six-to-eight week range. Spezza is currently in week six, but if he’s sidelined for another four weeks, he wouldn’t be ready until perhaps the final two weeks of the season.
^ Hmm, I wonder if this is a matter of deep-digging sports journalism, or just a lazy writer meeting his daily quota...? If Spezza denies it, RDS can always cite "unnamed sources" for the rumor and wash their hands of it.