Sens, Caps to square off

Alex Ovechkin hopes to start another winning streak for the Capitals in Ottawa tonight....

Alex Ovechkin hopes to start another winning streak for the Capitals in Ottawa tonight. (REUTERS/Molly Riley)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Cory Clouston is going to stick with his new look.

After changing all of the line combinations during Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Place, Clouston is sticking with the winning formula Thursday to try to shut down Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

With the Capitals coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday at the Bell Centre, it would appear the trio of Chris Kelly, Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson will face the task of trying to keep the league's top scorer at bay.

But, Clouston maintained the Senators canít worry too much about Ovechkin.

"We've got to focus on us and what we need to do on the ice," he said today. "We have to be aware when he's out there, but we just can't worry about him. That line is too dangerous. We just can't completely focus on him. We know what we have to do as a collective team."

The Senators have won 12 of their past 13 games heading into tonight's game. A win, coupled with a Buffalo Sabres loss against the Carolina Hurricanes, could vault Ottawa into first place in the Northeast Division, although the Sabres do have a couple of games in hand.

LECLAIRE OKAY: There was a scary moment at the morning skate when Pascal Leclaire went to retrieve a puck behind the net. He tripped on the puck and then spent several minutes loosening his right knee. He appears to be fine, but given his injury history you have to watch every move Leclaire makes. Goaltender Brian Elliott will make the start, but expect to see Leclaire Sunday against the Islanders. They need to get him in a game before the Olympic break.


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