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Daniel Alfredsson Out 4-6 Weeks: Is This the Final Nail in the Coffin?

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 10:  Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 10, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It was announced today that the captain of the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson, was going to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a separated shoulder.

Obviously, this injury is terrible news for the Ottawa Senators, who have had their fair share of injury trouble this season. Alfredsson is going to join Jason Spezza on the sideline.

Things were just starting to turn around for the team too. The Senators had just gotten Pascal Leclaire back from injury, as well as Chris Neal and Shean Donovan.

For those of you that don't know, Alfredsson was injured by a hit during the first period of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The question on everybody's mind is, what does this mean for the Senators. Do they still have a chance of making the playoffs and having a good season?

My answer is yes, but it depends on how they do over the next few weeks. If they can keep their wins and losses about even, they should be able to make a playoff run in late-February and March.

At that time, they will have their injured stars back on the ice, and their goalie will hopefully be healthy as well. However, they can not shoulder many more injuries.

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The Senators have to play well without two of their best players. If they miss the playoffs, this may be the point in the season that we all blame for it—especially if they miss by a point or two.

I can't say what's going to happen at the end of the season. But, I think that it's going to be close.

I think that we can expect to see a gritty, hard-working, style of play from the Senators until their stars return. However, we'll have to wait until the end of the season before we say whether or not it was enough.

You may see more of my NHL opinions at Tips for Hockey

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