Only 364 days from his 40th birthday, Daniel Alfredsson is still one of the best players on the Senators.

He's tied for sixth in team scoring, but he has also played six fewer games than most everybody else because of a hip flexor and concussion. Of his 16 points, seven (two goals, five assists) have come in the past seven games -- or about the time veteran Nick Foligno became his centre.

In most of the previous 17 games, Alfredsson played with rookie Stephane Da Costa.

Alfredsson turned 39 Sunday and naturally spent the day at the rink — only this time it was with his family, for a kids Christmas party. Afterwards, he went home where his clan was joined by brother Henric and his wife. Birthday gifts included underwear, socks, a tie and "hot chocolate packages from the kids."