A recent Ken Warren piece for the Ottawa Citizen had a headline that read, Alfredsson misses practice as Volchenkov has injury setback. A headline that at first glance, would have Sens fans collectively yelling profanities at their computer screens. Here’s the gist of the article:
Daniel Alfredsson missed Ottawa Senators practice on Monday, but coach Cory Clouston says it was only for “maintenance,” meaning the captain is expected to be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game at Scotiabank Place against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Senators, who blew a 2-0 lead before dropping a 3-2 decision to the New Jersey Devils Saturday, will be without defenceman Anton Volchenkov for the fifth straight game.
Volchenkov is out with an elbow injury and skated on his own Tuesday. Clouston, however, suggested his recovery could be longer than originally expected because he was experiencing difficulty shooting.
Note to Clouston, Volchenkov experiences difficulty shooting the puck even when he’s healthy. If his ability to shoot is the barometer, maybe he’s closer to a return than some are giving him credit for.
Kovalev Fantasy News
Apparently I’m not the only one who’s noticed that Kovalev’s not shooting enough. ESPN’s fantasy hockey guru, Sean Allen, noticed that Alexei Kovalev is not fitting in with the Ottawa Senators. He is on pace for just 129 shots on goal this season after averaging more than 200 as a Montreal Canadien. Yes, I do think he is droppable in shallow leagues.