With Jason Spezza a "probable" candidate to return to the lineup for Saturday's home tilt against the powerful Boston Bruins, coach Cory Clouston now has to find a line for him without blowing up the chemistry this still fragile team has going for itself after two straight wins.
Does he really go ahead and reconstruct the original first line with Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek, or does he keep Mike Fisher between those two wingers and find room elsewhere?
For a few reasons, Clouston should put Spezza, at first, on a line with Ryan Shannon and Zack Smith (unless Smith gets sent down to Bingo to save cap space right away - in that case Jesse Winchester).
It's not the kind of linemates Spezza should be with full-time going forward but in the short-term it could accomplish three things:
1. It doesn't disrupt the other lines that are working so well at the moment.
2. It will reduce Spezza's minutes at first putting less strain on his injured groin.
3. It will give the Senators an awfully good weapon on a "fourth line" and may allow Spezza to play against the Bruins weaker part of the lineup.
It will be interesting to see what Clouston does.