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Artem Anisimov is being shut down by the Ottawa Senators.
And he may not be back any time soon.
Less than 24 hours after scoring his second of the year in the club’s 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night, the Senators centre was placed on the injured-reserve list by general manager Pierre Dorion on Friday because of a re-occurring groin injury and, as a result, there’s no timetable for his return.
While he suited up for two straight games after returning Tuesday night against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, Anisimov has been sidelined for eight of the club’s last 12 games. The Senators are going to give him whatever time it takes to get fully recovered because it’s been difficult for both sides to have him in and out of the lineup.
“He hurt it during the game (Thursday) or felt it after,” Smith told reporters following the club’s half-hour skate in preparation for Saturday’s visit by the Carolina Hurricanes. “It just got more sore (Friday) morning. It’s unfortunate. It’s tough to get traction when you play one (game) and then you’re out for five. It’s what it’s, it’s the next guy up and we’ll go from there.”
Smith said the next time Anisimov plays he’ll be completely healthy.
“We have to make sure he’s 100%,” Smith added. “Come back, play a game, miss a bunch and it’s unfortunate for him we were on the road (for games), we didn’t have a lot of practises, so he was skating here by himself. We’ll make sure when he comes back next time that it’s a good four or five days of practice.
“Hopefully this doesn’t happen again.”
This is frustrating both sides and that’s why the decision has been made to try to get this fully healed so Anisimov can return and stay in the lineup..
“I’m sure he’s frustrated and wants to play,” Smith said. “Injuries are a part of the game and I’d like to have him in. You can’t worry about it. You’ve just got to say that somebody else is getting an opportunity. Without these injuries, Logan Brown might not have been up here this quick and showcase what he does or ( J.C. ) Beaudin .
“You’ve just got to go out there and play. There’s no excuses in the NHL.”
OFF THE GLASS
It’s been elusive for the Senators this season, but they’re hoping to find a little more consistency in their performance after the victory over the Kings on Thursday.
The club has four wins in its last seven games and now the challenge is to try to win two straight for the first time this season with the Hurricanes in town to start a series that will continue Monday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
“It was a solid effort. ( Anders Nilsson ) played great and we’ve had great goaltending all year,” said winger Tyler Ennis , who set up Anisimov’s goal in the second period. “For us, just good habits and continuing to form that identity of a hard working team that competes every night and is difficult to play against.”
The Hurricanes have lost three straight but they’re going to difficult.
“They’re one of the fastest teams in the NHL,” Ennis said. “They’ve got a strong (defensive) core and they just play with so much speed. They’re relentless, the put the puck on net and they shoot the puck a lot, they’re always out-shooting teams. It’s going to be a good test for us. We’ve just got to keep doing things we’ve been doing in this last stretch.
THE LAST WORDS
Dorion, assistant GM Peter MacTavish and goalie coach Pierre Groulx were in Syracuse on Friday night to watch the club’s AHL affiliate take on the Crunch. Not only is it an opportunity to see Ottawa’s top prospects, they also got a chance to see where centre Colin White is at his recovery from a hip flexor injury. He has missed seven games with the ailment and was sent to Belleville on Thursday to suit up twice this weekend before re-joining the club in time to make the road trip to Carolina on Sunday. The plan by coach Troy Mann was to play White on a line with Vitaly Abramov and Drake Batherson … The cameras caught winger Brady Tkachuk having a little scuffle with Los Angeles blueliner Drew Doughty on Thursday, but it had nothing to do with the captain’s history with Tkachuk’s brother Matthew in Calgary. The cameras caught Jonathan Quick bugging Doughty on the bench. “I haven’t seen it but I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” Brady said Friday … With Anisimov out for awhile, Vladislav Namestnikov has moved to centre between Tkachuk and Anthony Duclair . He played in the middle against the Rangers and Smith liked what he saw. “He’s such a versatile player, he plays left, right and centre,” Tkachuk said. “We’re all guys with Hockey IQ and guys with a knack for the offensive side and take defensive pride too. If that’s the way it stays, there’s good talent.” … It does appear winger Bobby Ryan will return after being a healthy scratch against the Kings for the third time in five games … Rookie forward Jonathan Davidsson played 4:56 in his NHL debut Thursday and had two shots on net. Smith liked what he brought to the table.
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