Senators stick with Auld

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET

DENVER - Ottawa coach Cory Clouston is sticking with the hot hand in net.

Clouston said today he is going to start goalie Alex Auld tonight against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center as the club tries to close out this gruelling five-games-in-seven days road trip with a perfect record.

Auld made 24 stops in a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators Monday at the Sommet Center. He replaced rookie goalie Brian Elliott and made 17 stops in a 5-3 comeback victory against the Minnesota Wild Saturday night.

Auld has a shutout string of 129 minutes, 16 seconds going into the game.

"I thought Alex made some timely saves," said Clouston this morning.

The only change Clouston will make is inserting defenceman Alex Picard in the lineup tonight. Defenceman Brendan Bell, who didnt see a shift in the third period against the Predators, will be a healthy scratch.

"He wasn't as intense as he needed to be," said Clouston. "That has to be his strength. He has to be good with the puck and make good decisions."

The Avs wont have C Paul Statsny (fractured forearm) in the lineup. He isnt ready to return. Winger Darcy Tucker is also out for personal reasons, along with John-Michael Liles with a wrist injury. Goaltender Andrew Raycroft will make the start for the Avs.


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