Circus pulls in, Luke pulls out

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:52 PM ET

Veteran defenceman Luke Richardson has a decision to make as the Sens get set for Round 2 of the Battle of Ontario.

Richardson will either go to Binghamton or retire. He has been placed on waivers and if he clears tomorrow at noon he'll be eligible to be sent to the club's AHL affiliate, but it's doubtful he'll go.

Richardson has mostly been a healthy scratch this season but has been working as an eye in the sky with the coaching staff.

Meanwhile the Toronto Maple Leafs and the mass media circus that follows them descended on Scotiabank Place in preparation for tonight's matchup against the Senators.

The Senators, coming off a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday to end a six-game winless streak, will be looking for rare back-to-back victories in the Battle of Ontario.

Centre Mike Fisher will make his return from a knee injury and Alex Auld makes his seventh straight start.

"We just need to continue that (type) of game (strong at both ends) and improve in some areas," said coach Craig Hartsburg this morning. "Toronto is a really hard working team. People underestimate their skill level and I think up front they’ve got some guys that are quick and can do some good things with the puck.

"It's going to be a good game with some intensity and the rivalry is there and they play a high tempo game."

Captain Daniel Alfredsson said he's looking forward to the challenge.

"It's a different lineup than it's been in the past," said Alfredsson. "They're rejuvenated and they're playing with a lot of energy right now. It should be a good matchup. They bring a lot of energy.”

Centre Dean McAmmond, who missed Wednesday's skate with a sore throat, won't suit up for the game. He will be replaced by Christoph Schubert.

"We think he'll be fine. He feels better this morning," said Hartsburg.

Hartsburg said he has no concerns about the Leafs decision to call up tough-guy Andre Deveux from the AHL's Toronto Marlies. The Senators are without rugged winger Chris Neil which means Deveux could have a tough time finding a dance partner.


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