In­jury bug hits Sen­a­tors

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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.

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