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Balanced production has the Ottawa Senators off to a strong start, and they may need it to continue for some time.
With top center Jason Spezza out indefinitely, the Senators try for a third consecutive victory overall and some rare road success against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Ottawa (5-1-1) ranks among the NHL leaders with 24 goals and it's gotten that production from 13 players. Daniel Alfredsson was one of five Senators with a goal and 12 with a point in a 5-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday.
"It's goal scoring by committee,'' said coach Paul MacLean, who has watched seven of his players score eight goals in the last two games. "We're going to have to be that hard-working team that grinds out some goals. We did that (Wednesday) and we have to continue to do it.''
The Senators will need that type of team effort to offset the absence of Spezza, who will undergo back surgery Friday to address a herniated disc. Spezza, who has...
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Ottawa Senators star Jason Spezza will miss two months after having back surgery to repair a herniated disc, general manager Bryan Murray announced at a press conference today.
"I can't give you a time frame (on Spezza's return) simply because until the surgery and rehab starts we won't know the total extent," said Murray. "We are hoping that he gets back...
Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza will have back surgery on a herniated disc.
Senators' general manager Bryan Murray says Spezza will have surgery in Toronto on Friday.
Spezza had missed the Senators' previous two games. He has two goals and three assists in five games this season. He had 34 goals and 50 assists in 80 games last season.
Ottawa is off to a 5-1-1 start...
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza will undergo back surgery and is out indefinitely, general manager Bryan Murray said in a press conference on Thursday. The procedure, which will address a herniated disc in Spezza's back, is schedule to take place on Friday in Toronto. The first-line center suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had missed...
The Ottawa Senators improved to 5-1-1 on Wednesday night, but they found out Thursday they may be without their top center for possibly the rest of the season.
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray announced Thursday that Jason Spezza, who has a history of back problems, is out indefinitely with another back issue. The center will undergo surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in...
Jason Spezza might be one of the first major injury casualties of the 2013 season. The Ottawa Senators forward will require back surgery to fix a herniated disc he was believed to have injured at some point during the team's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 27th.
Currently, there's no time frame set for Spezza's return, but it's believed he will...
Jason Spezza is still being evaluated by doctors and will not play tonight vs MTL.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) January 30, 2013
No one is saying explicitly what's going on with Spezza and the "upper-body injury" which has kept him off the ice since Sunday. But when Jason was spotted yesterday en route to Toronto purportedly to see a specialist, well conclusions...
The cone of silence in the organization surrounding Jason Spezza's condition was lifted this morning.
Bryan Murray announced that Spezza is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc. Murray was hopeful it wouldn't be the end of his season and that Jason could return late in the regular season, or for the playoffs.
It should be noted, Spezza underwent...