The Senators' Dany Heatley will be sidelined up
to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder.
He missed Sunday's 3-1 loss against the New York Islanders, ending
a streak of 205 straight games with the Senators.
Heatley crashed into the end boards with Detroit forward Dallas Drake in the second period of Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Red
Wings. He was slouched over when he left the ice, favoring his
It's a significant loss for the Senators (29-10-4), who hold a
seven-point lead atop the Eastern Conference. The 26-year-old has
56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 43 games this season, good for
seventh place in the NHL scoring race. Heatley also is second in
the league with a plus/minus rating of plus-31.
"You take a 50-goal man out of your lineup, other guys have to
step up and score," linemate Jason Spezza said. "Everybody has to
kind of pick up a little bit of the slack. Every team goes through
injuries, and we're going to have to do the same thing. We'll just
have to deal with it."
Heatley joined the Senators in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers in August
2005 and has recorded 264 points (125 goals, 139 assists) with the
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.