The red-hot Ottawa Senators were forced to unveil a new look Monday.
Winger Nick Foligno is gone six to eight weeks after breaking his leg blocking a shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens. So today at practice, coach Cory Clouston tinkered with his line combinations as the club prepared to face the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.
The Senators enter the game on a nine-game win streak.
Foligno had been playing well, so his loss was a big blow. But, centre Jesse Winchester is ready to return to the lineup and today was centreing a line with Ryan Shannon and Jonathon Cheechoo. Peter Regin skated with Mike Fisher and Alexei Kovalev in Foligno’s spot at the Bell Sensplex this morning.
Regin will likely play the wing.
“(Foligno) had been playing very well, but it gives opportunities to other guys,” said Clouston. “Jesse goes back into the lineup and we’ll move Peter up on the wing.
"It’s a tough loss (but) this is nothing new for us. We’ll just have to (change) a couple of lines and move forward.”
For the second straight week, goaltender Brian Elliott has been honoured by the league. He was named the second star Monday after being named the NHL's first star a week ago.
The Senators will get their regular goaltending tandem back in place, as Pascal Leclaire is ready to return from a concussion. He'll be back in the lineup Wednesday, as call-up Mike Brodeur was sent back to AHL Binghamton.
Defenceman Anton Volchenkov, who left the game briefly Saturday after hitting Mike Cammalleri, wasn’t on the ice today.
Fisher was back after attending the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday to see fiancee Carrie Underwood perform and pick up an award.
“It was fun. It was good to be there and support Carrie. She is always there to support me,” said Fisher.
Today's forward line combinations: