Prior to the Senators leaving on one of their toughest road trips of the season Mike Fisher admitted he wasn't exactly 100 per cent.
Fisher wouldn't go into details regarding the injury, but said he was starting to feel better and expected to be back to normal sooner rather than later.
The 30-year-old hadn't missed any game time, but had skipped a number of practices in favour of rehabilitation.
"I don't really like talking about injuries, but I'm starting to feel better, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can get back to normal soon. But, yeah, it's been a little bit of a tough go lately."
The road trip includes stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Carolina and St. Louis and will likely be a good measuring stick for the Senators, who have had the luxury of playing seven of their last nine games at home.
While the Senators appear to have turned things around those victories weren't against some of the league's heavy hitters. Of Ottawa's eight wins, only two came against teams currently above. 500, the Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens, and after Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks it's easy to question whether the Senators are a contender or pretender.
"We have to establish ourselves as a sound, hard working road team," said Fisher. "It's our first major trip of the season and we're looking forward to it."
The Senators could finally have its entire roster for this road trip as Filip Kuba appears to be ready to return to the lineup for the first time since breaking his leg on the opening day of training camp.