Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/8/14

OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 08: Sergei Gonchar of the Ottawa Senators looks up to the scoreboard during a game aginst the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place on October 8, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Injuries are nothing new to the Ottawa Senators, though they're hoping the latest one doesn't cost them their hottest player for a game. Sergei Gonchar is a game-time decision when the Senators continue their five-game homestand Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The veteran defenseman set a franchise record with an assist for the ninth consecutive game, helping on Kaspars Daugavins' second-period goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Boston. While Gonchar left late with an undisclosed injury and did not participate in Friday's practice, coach Paul MacLean seemed optimistic the 38-year-old would be able to anchor his team's blue line. "He had improvement so we're positive for tomorrow," MacLean said of Gonchar, who has team highs of 19 assists and 21 points. "It looks like he's going to be able to go as well as (defenseman Marc) Methot. They're both important players and we need them to play if they can." Methot missed Thursday's contest with a lower-body injury. Ottawa (16-9-6)...
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