Sens set for home opener

Erik Karlsson is excited about his first home game with the Sens tonight. (Sun Media File)

Erik Karlsson is excited about his first home game with the Sens tonight. (Sun Media File)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

Home sweet home?

The Senators are about to find out as they return home for the first time this season tonight against John Tavares and the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place.

Centre Jason Spezza, who wasn't at practice Wednesday, was on the ice this morning and will be in the lineup tonight.

But don't tell coach Cory Clouston about the hype.

"Just another hockey game," said Clouston.

That being said, Clouston is expecting a tough game.

"We're going to get a lot of pressure. They don't sit back," he said. "We're going to have to keep our game simple. There's not a lot of time to make plays in the neutral zone."

Rookie Erik Karlsson is excited about making his first appearance here.

"It's a big game for me. It's my first home game," said Karlsson.

Defenceman Filip Kuba (groin) will be sidelined for the second straight game. That means Alex Picard will make his second straight appearance in the club's lineup.

Winger Shean Donovan will also play for the second straight night. Centre Ryan Shannon is going to resume skating after suffering a head injury Saturday against the New York Rangers.

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire will make the start.


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