Senators change things up

Ryan Shannon will draw back in to the Senators lineup tonight versus the Oilers. (Sun Media file)

Ryan Shannon will draw back in to the Senators lineup tonight versus the Oilers. (Sun Media file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

The Senators are making some lineup changes tonight to try and salvage at least a .500 record as they wrap up a four-game home stand.

Coach Cory Clouston doesn't have a lot of options, but with his team coming off a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils Saturday at Scotiabank Place, he will insert Ryan Shannon in Jesse Winchester's spot tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Senators have a win and two losses in the first three games of their home stint.

Winchester made his return against the Devils after being out with a right knee injury, then spending two weeks on a conditioning stint in Binghamton. But Clouston feels the club needs to get Shannon going. He skated with Jonathan Cheechoo and Peter Regin on the third line in the game-day skate.

That means rugged winger Chris Neil has been bumped to fourth-line duty.

"(Shannon) has skated well in practice the last couple of days. He's a lot more confident now," Clouston said today. "If you have a concussion, sometimes it takes a little longer than you realize to fully get over it. I'm not just saying physically, but even just the mental part so you are confident you can take a hit.

"We need him going. We need him to use his speed. He's very quick. He needs to get his game going."

Pascal Leclaire will start in net for the Senators. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Place (Sportsnet).


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