ATLANTA -- The Senators will be looking for their first back-to-back wins tonight since the first week of December against the Atlanta Thrashers (7:30 p.m., TSN).
Coming off a 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night to close out the first half of their season, Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said today he will go with the same lineup. That means rookie goaltender Brian Ellliott will start his third-straight game.
Goaltender Martin Gerber, the odd man out since Elliott's callup from Binghamton of the AHL, did not make the trip. His days with the Senators appear to be over and he could be taking Elliott' spot on the farm, perhaps for a two-week conditioning stint which would not require he be put on waivers.
The Senators didn't arrive that their hotel until 4 a.m. today, but Hartsburg basically said, "so what?"
"The travel was not the best for us, but we've used up our quota of excuses this year. We don't have that luxury," he said.
The Thrashers, who have lost three of four, are a point behind the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings in 14th place and are the worst defensive club in the NHL, so the Senators should get their chances. The Senators' five-goal output against the Hurricanes marked just the fifth time this season they had scored five or more goals in a game.
Senators winger Dany Heatley scored his first goal in nine games Tuesday night (and just his third in 16 games) and centre Mike Fisher broke a 19-game goalless skid.