Nick Foligno is back in Senators coach Cory Clouston’s good books.
Foligno returned to the lineup Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes after being a healthy scratch in Ottawa’s 6-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday. He was expected to skate on the fourth line with Jesse Winchester and Peter Regin.
The 22-year-old forward, who has struggled to show consistency this season, was surprised by Clouston’s decision to sit him. The coach said he hoped the move would be a bit of a wakeup call for Foligno.
“We mentioned before that (Foligno) is a big part of this team and an important part of this team,” Clouston told the Team 1200’s pre-game show. “Hopefully, he’ll have taken that game to step back and re-evaluate what he needs to do and how he needs to do it consistently.
“He just has to work hard. He can’t take shortcuts and he has to be the player that he’s shown he can be. The consistency is the most important thing.”
In other news, Senators defenceman Alex Picard did not play Saturday night. Picard had to leave Thursday’s game after taking a hit from Kings forward Dustin Brown in the first period. The club’s top-scoring blueliner appeared to suffer a shoulder injury.
That meant Chris Campoli, who was a healthy scratch for two games, returned to the lineup. Campoli has struggled and was benched when Anton Volchenkov returned Tuesday from an elbow injury that kept him out of 14 games.
“(The injury to Picard) wasn’t as bad as we thought it was,” Clouston said.
“He skated, so we felt that another day or two (off) would be good for him. We felt it was important for a healthy body like Chris Campoli to go in for us and try to rebound on this road trip.”
While the Senators decided to stick with Brian Elliott in goal Saturday night in Phoenix, backup Mike Brodeur, who was recently called up from Binghamton, could get the start Sunday night against the Ducks. The Senators return to Ottawa Monday and face the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.
No Finnish Flash
The Ducks are going to be without high-scoring RW Teemu Selanne for 4-to-6 weeks after he suffered a broken bone in his right hand. Selanne took a shot from Karlis Skrastins in the second period of the club’s 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Thursday. Oddly enough, Selanne originally didn’t travel to Dallas with the team because of the flu and arrived just hours before the game. The Ducks did get RW Joffrey Lupul back for Friday’s game against Minnesota. He missed seven games with back spasms.
This 'n' that
The Senators are 3-5-2 lifetime in Anaheim. Ottawa has won six of its last 10 regular-season games against the Ducks ... The Ducks have killed off 24 of their last 26 penalties ... The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Wild after squandering a 2-1 lead in the third.