A-Train back on tracks

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

Anton Volchenkov is ready to return to the Senators' lineup.

The hard-hitting defenceman, who missed Sunday's 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers with minor bumps and bruises, wasn't on the ice at practice today, but will suit up tomorrow against the Carolina Hurricanes as the club continues its six-game stretch of road games.

The Senators are riding a five-game winning streak, but might need to win all 10 of their remaining games to squeak into a playoff spot. Even at that, they would need some help from the teams ahead of them. But, the players are pleased they've given themselves at least an outside opportunity to reach the post-season.

"The challenge is to stay in the present. The closer we get, the more tension it's going to create," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "But, we just have take it day-by-day. The odds aren't great, but we've got to give it everything we have and see how far we can go. We're having fun doing it and we'd like to keep it going."

Coach Cory Clouston will not name his starting goalie until the morning. Rookie Brian Elliott has been the starter of late, but Alex Auld had a solid start in beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.

Game time tomorrow is 7 p.m., in Carolina.


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