Senators recall Karlsson

Top prospect Erik Karlsson is getting another shot with the Senators, with his recall today from...

Top prospect Erik Karlsson is getting another shot with the Senators, with his recall today from Binghamton. (SUN MEDIA file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

There will be a different look to the Ottawa Senators' blue line on Saturday when the club travels to Boston for a first-place battle with the Bruins.

The Senators sent young blue liner Brian Lee back to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton before packing their bags today for Boston. He has been replaced by offensive blueliner Eric Karlsson.

Lee, who has suited up for 13 games since replacing the injured Anton Volchenkov, has struggled of late and the club feels he needs to get more playing time to continue his development.

"He's got to go down and recapture his game. He's got to be dominant," said Cory Clouston.

As for Karlsson's return, Clouston had one simple comment of the team's former first-round draft choice: "He's really tried to balance his game out."

Karlsson started the season with the Senators, but was sent down after nine games. He will now have Volchenkov's spot until the rugged A-Train can get healthy enough to play. He's been out with an elbow injury but is close to returning.

There was some thought he might be ready to go for the Boston game, but it now looks like next week before he'll be back. That will be a huge lift for the Senators, despite their solid play in his absence. Ottawa heads in to Saturday's game with a one-point lead on the Bruins for top spot in the Northeast Division.

"He plays a lot of important minutes," Clouston acknowledged.

In other news today, centres Jason Spezza and Peter Regin, captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenceman Alex Picard were not on the ice at practice Friday. All are expected to play tomorrow in Boston.

The club opens a five-game road trip tomorrow, which continues with stops in San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Anaheim before returning home.


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