The Senators don't need to put an SOS out just yet.

Trailing their Round 2 series to the Pittsburgh Penguins after a 4-1 loss in Game 1, the question whispered in the bowels of the Consol Energy Center Wednesday was whether Jason Spezza will be parachuted in to join this series.

The club's top centre didn't accompany the Senators here. He stayed behind in Ottawa to skate with Binghamton coach Luke Richardson and the rest of the Black Aces. Spezza has been on the ice every day for more than two weeks.

Defenceman Eric Gryba, hit by Brooks Orpik in Game 1, hasn't been ruled out for Game 2, but coach Paul MacLean told reporters Spezza won't play Friday against the Penguins. That doesn't mean he won't return this series.

"Jason continues to skate in Ottawa. Obviously, every day he skates is progress," said MacLean.

Spezza hasn't played since feeling pain in his back after a 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Jan. 27. He had back surgery a week later, was supposed to return in time for the playoffs, but wasn't seen until he skated in practice twice this week.

His appearance raised hopes Spezza will return sooner rather than later. The Senators were just fine without him in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens, but the Penguins are a whole different kettle of fish.

Spezza was left behind because he has a better chance of getting good skates in Ottawa. He was on the ice for 90 minutes Tuesday.

If Spezza is able to return, he'd give the club another legitimate offensive threat. The Penguins, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, James Neal and Kris Letang, are loaded, Spezza's presence couldn't hurt.

It would be tough for him to jump into a playoff series, but his skills and his ability to score goals would help the team. Given the situation against a tough opponent like Pittsburgh, the Senators would welcome him back with open arms.

"Everybody on our team is hopeful and everybody in Ottawa is hopeful," said centre Kyle Turris. "He's a player you can't replace. He's somebody that adds so much to a team and he's one of the best players in the league.

"To have him possibly in the lineup, yeah it's a huge help, but we understand if he's not we can carry on and continue to play."

The Senators went 0-for-5 on the power play in Game 1 and they could have used Spezza.

"I thought he looked pretty good with us, but we weren't allowed to hit him," said defenceman Marc Methot. "As far as contact goes, I don't know what he can and can't handle.

"He's a marquee player in this league and on our team. As far as power play goes, I'm sure he'd be a great help. Only he knows where he's at. I don't know where he's at as far as feeling comfortable and able to play the game."