Sens happy to be home

Sens forward Alexei Kovalev will face off against his former team for the first time tonight. (Sun...

Sens forward Alexei Kovalev will face off against his former team for the first time tonight. (Sun Media file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

Home sweet home.

The Senators arrived back at Scotiabank Place this morning in preparation for tonight's visit by the Montreal Canadiens. Back after picking up only one victory on the club's five-game road trip, Ottawa will be trying to get back on track.

Coach Cory Clouston won't be making any changes because defenceman Alex Picard isn't ready to return from a shoulder injury he suffered against the Los Angeles Kings last Thursday. Goaltender Brian Elliott will make his ninth straight start in the club's net.

Most of the talk surrounded winger Alexei Kovalev, who will face his former team for the first time in Ottawa. He declined to speak to the media, but was used on a line with centre Jason Spezza and the club is hopeful they'll be able to have success together.

"We want (Kovalev) to simplify his game and not always try to be a passer," said Clouston. "Obviously, that's his forte, but he also has to use bring his shot and utilize it a little bit more."

Habs' goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start in net. Montreal is coming off a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday at home.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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