Warm glow around Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Senators woke up in the City of Brotherly Love today feeling pretty good about themselves.

And, for good reason.

After Ottawa's 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, the Senators have their first three-game win streak of what has been a pretty dismal season. With Ottawa facing its third road game in four nights Saturday at Minnesota, coach Cory Clouston cancelled the club's planned skate and held an off-ice workout instead.

Now, as the Senators prepare to board a flight for tomorrow night's game against the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, the players are finally developing some much-needed confidence.

"We're moving the puck a lot better, we're skating a lot better and everything is done for a purpose," said Clouston. "We have changed the systems -- how we break the puck out and how we attack. There are several things we have changed."

The moves have quickly paid dividends.

Ottawa is 3-1-1 since Clouston took over from the fired Craig Hartsburg. The problem however, is that earning those seven points hasn't budged the Senators one iota in the standings. They remain mired in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, a full 14 points and five teams away from a playoff berth.

Playoff hopes aside, however, the team's play has improved dramatically.

Clouston said he doesn't expect to make any lineup changes for Saturday, but won't make a final decision until the morning.

Expect to see Brian Elliott, who made 34 stops and didn't allow a goal until midway through the third period in the victory over the Flyers, make the start.


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