Sens to start Gerber

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

Martin Gerber is going to get his chance in the Windy City.

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg announced today that Gerber will make his first start in 12 games tomorrow night against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Auld has started the last 11 games, most recently allowing four goals on 40 shots in 4-3 loss against the Florida Panthers Monday at home. Hartsburg said with five games in eight days this week, it's a good time to get Gerber in the net.

"He's worked hard in practice and it's a good time for him to play," said Hartsburg. "It's a good challenge for our team and it's a good challenge for Martin. We trust that he can go in and play well for us."

The Senators also said today that forward Dean McAmmond will not make the road trip to Chicago and Washington. His illness has now been diagnosed as pneumonia.

Gerber is up for a big challenge. He said he can't remember if he's ever been forced to sit for a month between starts.

"I just have to keep it simple. I have to take it shot-by-shot and minute-by-minute," said Gerber. "It's the way it is. You have to make the best out of it. You have to stay ready. There is nothing else you can do."

Hartsburg said the Blackhawks are a team on the rise.

"Chicago is a good team. They are a good, young team with good speed and a mobile defence," said Hartsburg. "They have struggled for a number of years and now they've shown signs that they are on the right track."


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