More than ever before it is apparent that the Senators are becoming Jason Spezza's team.

Ottawa's top centre and offensive catalyst has returned from a six-week injury absence in full stride and, despite missing a total of 20 games to date, is still the best bet to lead the club in scoring this season.

Currently, he's only nine points off the pace set by Daniel Alfredsson.

"There's a lot of little areas he's done a very good job at," coach Cory Clouston said of the past two games for which he has had Spezza, who watched the Senators slip into oblivion with a 1-14 record in his absence. "He hasn't shown a lot of rust."

Spezza didn't score his first night back, but he had four shots on goal and another eight blocked by the Islanders. He was also a dominating 16-7 in the faceoff circles, suggesting his shoulder was 100%.

When the Senators played the Canucks in Spezza's second game, he was the best player on the ice from either side. And that included all the twins who were suited up.

Spezza had a goal and an assist, seven shots on net. He also deflected one shot off the post and set up Milan Michalek on a short-handed breakaway, only to watch another puck ring off the iron.

Clouston commended Spezza's play on the penalty kill, during which he saw 2:23 of ice time as the Senators held the No. 1-ranked power play in the league to an 0-for-3 night.