Injury bug hits Senators
Ottawa — Losing three players creates a large hole in the lineup, and of his options to fill it, Ottawa Senators coach Guy boucher was revealing only one thing on Friday: they will include big ben Harpur.
against the “heavy” Los angeles Kings, however, the 6-foot-6, 222-pound defenceman is not necessarily being added for his size, but just to be himself. and that’s not a brute. While the Senators have urged the 23-year old friendly giant to become more of a physical force in the past, boucher is no longer pushing him to be pushy.
the Senators have placed on injured reserve left wingers ryan dzingel (muscle injury) and alex Formenton (concussion), as well as defenceman cody ceci (two undisclosed injuries). GM Pierre dorion is hopeful all three, plus injured forward Max Mccormick, will be ready to return against Montreal on Oct. 20, which means they would miss just two games.
In the meantime, forward Nick Paul and defenceman christian Jaros have been recalled from belleville. Harpur and centre Paul carey were already with Ottawa as extras, but boucher would only confirm the former will play Saturday, as it sounds like he’s leaning toward an 11-forward, sevendefencemen alignment.