Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/12/14
After five games against Western Conference teams that damaged their playoff chances as well as their overall health, the Senators are hopeful of having all their walking wounded back for their return to the East, where winning is the only acceptable option. Goalie Craig Anderson, who left Monday’s tilt in the third period with what is being called a shoulder “stinger,” should be ready for Saturday’s visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre. “It appears like he’s going to be all right, is the end of it, but we felt today was a good day to let him heal up,” coach Paul MacLean said after Tuesday’s practice. “I have no concern that he wouldn’t be ready to go (against the Habs).” Sounding less certain is the status of defenceman Cody Ceci, who suffered a deep laceration behind the right ear when he was hit by a Shea Weber slap shot. After the game, Ceci Tweeted some relief to his followers. “Thanks for all your concerns, just a cut and a little shaken up, should be back at it soon enough,” he wrote. Said MacLean: “Right now he’s day-to-day. (Tuesday) I thought he was better, still pretty sore, but I guess he felt better. If he gets better again he’s supposed to go for the public skate (before Wednesday’s skills competition) and then we’ll have more indication if there’s anything more to it. I don’t think (he’s suffering from anything) abnormal at this point other than the injury itself.” If Ceci is unable to suit up against the Habs, Patrick Wiercioch is expected to take his place. The Senators, who grabbed just five of a possible 10 points from games against Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Nashville, did welcome the return of winger Clarke MacArthur to Tuesday’s practice. In the two games without MacArthur - who suffered tendon damage in his right hand during a fight with the Flames Chris Butler last Wednesday – Ottawa managed a win and an overtime point. But the Senators, of course, are a significantly better team with him in the lineup. “My hand was swollen and they didn’t feel I was ready to go,” MacArthur said after skating on a line with Zack Smith and Chris Neil. “I think taking the time has helped. I’m shooting for this weekend, and barring no setbacks, I’ll be back.” The Senators didn’t exactly appreciate that their best left winger had to defend himself against Butler after he delivered a clean check on Jiri Hudler, but MacArthur himself had no problem with it.
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