Kovalev ready for spotlight

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

Alexei Kovalev is ready for the bright lights and the big city.

As he stood before reporters today at Scotiabank Place, the Senators winger was trying to treat Saturday night's visit to the Bell Centre against his former team as just another game, but Kovalev knows seeing the Montreal Canadiens across the ice is going to be different.

No, he's not sure what kind of reception he's going to get after signing with the Senators as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. Kovalev isn't sure if the fans will boo, clap or stand on their feet when he takes the ice against the Habs for the first time this season.

"I'm sure it's going to be a little bit (emotional) tomorrow, but right now I'm trying not to think about it," said Kovalev today.

But, Kovalev's teammates know this will be a special night.

"He spent five years there, the fans love him and they have a lot of good memories. It will be a good night and an exciting one," said captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Coach Cory Clouston said following the club's 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday he won't making any changes. Defenceman Anton Volchenkov wasn't on the ice today, but will play. Centre Jesse Winchester, right knee, didn't skate either along with defenceman Filip Kuba.

Pascal Leclaire is expected to make the start.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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