Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau is expected to return to the ice Saturday after missing Friday to nurse an injury.
The same can’t be said for Marc Methot, Eric Gryba or Milan Michalek – all three are expected to miss Saturday’s practices at the team’s Fan Fest nursing various injuries.
“It’s purely (the organization’s) decision to keep them out,” coach Paul MacLean told the Ottawa Sun. “If it was up to the players they’d all be out there skating.”
Methot, who is nursing a sore back, hasn’t played in any preseason games and was unable to do the skating tests at the start of camp as a result of the injury.
“The most important thing is to be patient and make sure he’s 100% before we put him back on the ice and not try to force something that (makes it) a long process,” said MacLean. “It’s already been a long enough process now. We want to nip in the bud and make sure when he’s back on the ice he’s 100%.”
The Senators don’t resume their preseason schedule until Sept. 30 when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.