TORONTO -- While Pascal Leclaire got his first glimpse of the Battle of Ontario from afar last season, he's ready to step onto the battlefield for real tonight -- on enemy ice.
With the Maple Leafs and Senators both looking for win No. 1 of the young season, it's likely tonight's game will feature plenty of intensity.
The Senators won't confirm their starting goalie until today, but it's for games like this that GM Bryan Murray dealt for Leclaire. He has only faced the Leafs twice in his career and has a 3.56 goals-against average, with a .865 save percentage.
"I'm looking forward to it. I was here last year when (the Leafs) came (to Ottawa) and the atmosphere in the rink was really special. It was pretty loud," said Leclaire, who made 29 stops in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
"I remember watching those games on television when I was younger and I know there's going to be a lot of hype around them. It'll be fun. We're ready. We've had two good days of practice and we're really looking forward to it. Nothing (he faced in Columbus) can compare to what's going on here. You just have to find a way to win."
The Senators also need to find a way to get to the net and make sure they put pressure on either Vesa Toskala or Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson in the Toronto net. Coach Cory Clouston is forced to make changes with centre Ryan Shannon sidelined with a head injury.
Clouston was pleased with the chances the Senators created against the Rangers, but they need to finish on those opportunities.
"We need to crash the net and make it a little more difficult for the goaltender," said Clouston. "We've just got to be a little more poised, a little more patient and make the goaltenders that we're facing work a little harder. It's still very early in the season. (Scoring is) not a concern."
Clouston will stick with the line combinations he used Sunday in practice. Mike Fisher moves from the right wing back to centre with Nick Foligno and Alexei Kovalev. The top line of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson hasn't changed.
"I don't think there's any need to be concerned (about the scoring)," said Fisher. "We know we've added some guys that are going to help us in that department by scoring. We had a lot of chances in Game 1 and obviously (Rangers' Henrik) Lundqvist is a very good goaltender.
"If we do some of those things (they did against the Rangers) and continue to build, we'll be fine. We know (the Leafs) are going to play hard and come at us. In their building, it's always fun. We're going to be ready. We're going to be disciplined and stick to our game plan."