ATLANTA - Their power play is last in the NHL and the team is mired in a four-game losing streak. So coach Cory Clouston is pulling out all the stops as the Senators prepare to face the Atlanta Thrashers.
The biggest change is that centre Mike Fisher has been moved to the point on the power play for Tuesday's game at Philips Arena. The Senators are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday to open up this four-game road trip.
"I have to use my shot to get pucks to the net," said Fisher following a one-hour practice here on Monday. "(Rookie defenceman Erik Karlsson) seems to be getting more comfortable back there and he's making some good plays. I just want to shoot the puck and be another option. That's kind of my job."
Fisher has also been cold of late after a quick start to the season, so Clouston hopes the move will help solve both those concerns.
On the injury front, the club is still without defenceman Filip Kuba, who suffered an upper body injury Saturday against the Panthers. He wasn't on the ice today and isn't expected to play tomorrow. Kuba is listed as day-to-day, but is possible for Thursday.
Injured captain Daniel Alfredsson and centre Jason Spezza are both skating in Ottawa and are scheduled to rejoin the team Friday in Montreal. That doesn't mean both will play, however. Alfredsson is expected to be the first to return, possibly as early as Monday against the Boston Bruins.