A-Train back on the rails

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

SAN JOSE -- The Senators will have their top shut-down defenceman ready to try to stop Dany Heatley tonight.

As the former Senators winger faces Ottawa for the first time since his summer trade to San Jose, the club will have blueliner Anton Volchenkov back after a 14-game absence due to an elbow injury.

The decision means Chris Campoli will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Rookie Erik Karlsson will stay in the lineup for his second straight game after being recalled from AHL Binghamton last week.

"There's lot of reasons," said coach Cory Clouston when asked about Campoli. "He has to be better."

Dealt to the Sharks before camp, Heatley remained tight-lipped about his reasons for wanting out of Ottawa during an availability with media this morning.

"It's going to be different -- but after you get in the and after you get that first shift it's just another game," said Heatley, who then reiterated all the things he's been saying since arriving in San Jose. "I love it here. I love coming to the rink every day and it's a great organization. It worked out well. I'm focused on hockey and it's going well."

The Sharks have made it pretty clear what they think of the Senators. The club will start backup netminder Thomas Greiss for the first time since Nov. 25 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"He hasn't played in two weeks," said San Jose coach Todd McLellan, by way of explanation.

Brian Elliott is expected to be in the net for the Senators.


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