The Ottawa Senators were back on the ice Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh as the club prepared to face the Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday night.
Head coach Paul MacLean ruled out centre Jason Spezza for Friday's tilt and said the club's top centre remains back in Ottawa continuing his rehabilitation.
Wednesday's practice was an optional skate with nine skaters, along with goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, taking part.
Spezza practiced with his teammates on Sunday for the first time since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc on Feb. 1. He played in just five games this season, scoring two goals and adding three assists, before being forced to have surgery. His last game was on Jan. 27, coincidentally against the Penguins.
Defenceman Eric Gryba was also absent from Wednesday's skate, but MacLean said the 25-year-old could be available for Friday's game. Gryba left Game 1 following a collision with Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik and did not return.
The top-seeded Penguins lead the seventh-seeded Senators 1-0 in their best-of-seven series. The series shifts to Ottawa for Game 3 on Sunday.