Leclaire returns to practice

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The streaking Senators welcomed another key player back to practice Friday when Pascal Leclaire skated with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion Jan. 14.

Leclaire, the team's No. 1 goalie, is taking a day by day approach to his return. Coach Cory Clouston guessed Leclaire could be ready to play in a week.

"Obviously his conditioning and his timing isn't where we need him to be, but this is definitely a good step," said Clouston.

When he is ready to return, Leclaire could have trouble getting his old job back. Brian Elliott has won six games in a row as the Senators have tied a franchise record with eighth consecutive victories.

They'll be out to set a new mark Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. when the struggling Montreal Canadiens are in town to kick off CBC's Hockey Day in Canada tradition.


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