Auld gets call in net

Alex Auld will be getting his first start in three games for the Sens. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

Alex Auld will be getting his first start in three games for the Sens. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

The Senators will turn to goaltender Alex Auld to try and break their three-game losing streak tonight as they kick off an eight-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Auld will be getting his first start in three games. He finished up the Senators' recent road trip with a couple of wins over Minnesota (where he came on in relief) and Nashville, before losing to Colorado in overtime.

Brian Elliott had started the last two games, losing at home to Vancouver and was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots in 23 minutes of play in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

"They're a team with pretty good offensive players that always poses a challenge for the goalie. I'm just excited to get back in. I'm looking forward to the challenge," Auld told Sun Media's Don Brennan.

The Senators will be looking to get off to a decent start for a change. They were down 3-0 to the Canucks Thursday and 4-0 to the Habs before waking up and playing decently the rest of the game.

Senators coach Cory Clouston said the team's successful road trip has got teams wary of the Senators now.

"I don't think teams take us lightly now," he said. "Teams are hungry and ready to jump on us at the start and we've given them a couple of opportunities. We've got to make sure we're as ready as the opposition has been," said Clouston, now 5-3-2 since taking over from Craig Hartsburg behind the bench.

Tonight's game will also mark the home debut for new defenceman Chris Campoli and the return of former Senator Mike Comrie, acquired Friday in a trade with the New York Islanders which saw Dean McAmmond and the San Jose Sharks' first round pick go the other way.

Campoli had two assists in his debut with the Senators Saturday against the Habs.

The Hurricanes are in a battle for the last playoff spot in the East, trailing the seventh-place Florida Panthers and eighth-place Buffalo Sabres by a point. The 'Canes are just two points out of fifth, currently occupied by the Montreal Canadiens.

Clouston said other than the goalie switch he would go with the same lineup as Saturday against the Habs, which mean the scratches are expected to be Christoph Schubert, Brendan Bell and Alexandre Picard.


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