The Family Day weekend in Ontario was not a leisurely selfie-taking affair on the Rideau Canal for the Ottawa Senators.
The Sens, who lost 3-2 to Winnipeg Sunday after winning four of five before that, were dealt several key line-up blows when Bobby Ryan injured his hand against Toronto Saturday, followed by injuries to Mark Stone (neck) and Mike Hoffman (groin) on Sunday.
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The update on the three Tuesday provided a small measure of relief, particularly for Stone, who was hurt after a dirty head hit by Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba, who was given a two-game suspension after a league review. Stone, the team’s second leading scorer with 47 points behind Erik Karlsson’s 51, isn’t concussed, leaving his timetable fluid at this point.
Ryan, meanwhile, will be out four to six weeks with a broken finger he suffered after taking a shot to the hand. Hoffman has a groin injury and won’t play in Tuesday’s game against New Jersey.
The Senators currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with 68 points, two back of leader Montreal. However, they are just two points up on resurgent Florida and Boston, and three up on Toronto. They will have to find offence, considering Stone, Hoffman and Ryan account for 53 of their 156 total goals.