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No Methot at Sens practice after apparent leg injury

Mar 20, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT


The Ottawa Senators have lost another key player to injury.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

This time, it’s defenseman Marc Methot, who limped off the ice during Ottawa’s 5-3 win over the Islanders on Tuesday following a big hit from Brad Boyes — and wasn’t at Sens practice on Wednesday.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports Methot suffered an “apparent right leg injury” on the play, though the Senators were describing it as a lower-body injury following the game, without and specifics as to severity.

Normally we’d say losing Methot would be a crushing blow for the Sens — he averages 23:09 per game and leads all defensemen in hits — but the team has shown remarkable resilience following the loss of key players this season.

Methot’s defensive partner, Erik Karlsson, is gone for the year after suffering a lacerated Achilles.

Starting goalie Craig Anderson (ankle) hasn’t played since Feb. 21.

Last year’s leading scorer, Jason Spezza, has missed 25 games and last year’s leading goalscorer, Milan Michalek, has missed 15 with a knee problem (and will be out another month after undergoing surgery.)

Despite all this, the Sens are 16-8-6 this year, sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference, and are just five points back of Montreal for top spot in the Northeast Division.

As for Methot’s injury?

The Sens are going to take a wait-and-see approach.

“We’re going to take our time and evaluate the injury and we’ll have a time frame in further notice,” head coach Paul MacLean told the Ottawa Sun. “Leadership is character. Coming back in this league isn’t easy, but we find a way to do it.”

  1. withseidelinn - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Maybe this is the one that tips the scales? Incredible respect to Ottawa for playing like they have with all the injuries, but at some point your roster just gets so depleted it becomes virtually impossible to compete. Who knows how this will play out.

  2. sens101 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    He’s day-to-day with a mild knee sprain. This is getting ridiculous. Methot is underrated and it will be a huge loss. Maybe now Murray’s hand will be forced to make a deal for help on D.

  3. bengalguy - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    All out of Defensemen down here in Bingo boys! Wish we could help. You’ve picked us bone dry & we’re still the 3rd best team in the league. Kudos to Binghamton & Ottawa’s coaching staffs……they’re using more smoke & mirrors than Copperfield!!!!

  4. elrock7 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    As a leaf fan, I cant stand the Sens. Having said that it is truly impressive the way they have gone about their business with so many key injuries. Credit where credit is due!

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