Stiff challenge facing Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 PM ET

The Senators won't be making any lineup changes tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators return home after going 3-2 on a five-game road trip that had not started well. The club scored a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Monday afternoon at TD BankNorth Garden and comes into tonight on a three-game win streak.

Coach Cory Clouston said he knows the challenge the club faces. Expect to see goalie Brian Elliott make the start.

"We've got to play a solid team game," said Clouston. "What a challenge with the depth Chicago has offensively. The biggest challenge is to come back with a real, solid effort. We've got to fight the fatigue. Some of that is going to be mental fatigue."

The Hawks have Andrew Ladd, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa on one potent line while the secod combination of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Troy Brower can also put points on the scoresheet.

For the Senators, injured winger Milan Michalek (concussion) and centre Jason Spezza (knee) were both on the ice this morning at Scotiabank Place. Spezza and Michalek are both likely a week away from returning to the lineup. There is no change in the status of goalie Pascal Leclaire, who is also sidelined with a concussion.


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