Clouston's first test

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson told reporters this morning that fans shouldn't expect any miracles from Cory Clouston.

"I don't think it's going to be any miraculous change and everything is going to be cured," said Alfredsson. "We are going to have to do a lot of work here."

Clouston, 39, who makes his debut behind the bench tonight, has decided to stick with Brian Elliott in goal.

He was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals Sunday in Craig Hartsburg's final game as coach.

"He deserves it. He can show his character that he can bounce back from a tough start," said Clouston. "He has shown that all season in Binghamton. He has done that all season and he has shown tremendous mental strength."

Clouston said he will not break up the trio of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

"The big three have shown they can be one of the best, if not the best, lines in the league," said Clouston. "I like some of the chemistry of the other guys. It will be a little different structure. There will be a little different gameplan. You want to see if they can execute and follow through."

Spezza said he knows the trio has to play better for the team to win.

"It's been like that for a few years around here," he said. "Hopefully we can step up tonight, have a good game and get off on the right foot."

Defenceman Alex Picard, who missed Sunday's game with a hand injury, won't be in the lineup tonight. That means blueliner Brendan Bell will remain in the lineup.


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