If Matt Duchene is being held out of the lineup Thursday, it's news to him.
"I'm preparing like I'm playing," Duchene told the assembled media, including TSN's Brent Wallace.
Senators head coach Guy Boucher also said he's received no word on whether Duchene will be in or out of the lineup, according to NHL.com's Mike Morreale. Boucher added that he plans on playing Duchene until he's told otherwise.
TSN's Darren Dreger reported Tuesday night that the star center is not expected to be in Thursday's lineup as the Senators look to avoid risking an injury ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
Dreger also reported Sunday that Ottawa plans to trade Duchene, who's set to hit unrestricted free agency in the offseason.