Jason Spezza told reporters he felt "pretty good" after taking the morning skate.

Apparently, not good enough to play.

The Senators' captain sat for the second straight game Wednesday night against the New York Islanders with a "lower body" injury that coach Paul MacLean thought may have "tightened up."

While MacLean told reporters he was originaly told by the club's medical staff Spezza would play, the decision changed a few minutes later and as a result the club was without its top centre.

The Senators are hopeful Spezza will be able to return Friday against the Montreal Canadiens as the club closes out this five-game homestand.

"He must have ... something tightened up I guess," said MacLean, stumbling through his answer. "I was told he was good to go just like you.