Karlsson back for Sens

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

Erik Karlsson will be back on the blue line when the Senators make their return from the Olympic break to host the New York Rangers Tuesday night.

The big question is, in front of which goalie will he be playing? Logic suggests it will be Brian Elliott, who has made 14 consecutive starts and has won 12 of them.

But coach Cory Clouston also wants to give some work to Pascal Leclaire, who was the team's No. 1 goalie before he ran into a rash of injuries.

Despite Elliott's tremendous run, there still exists a belief that the Senators best chance at post-season success lies with Leclaire. Leclaire has worked on his game with goalie consultant John Stevenson and is confident he'll have things in order when given the chance.

"We know, and it will be not spoken here," coach Cory Clouston said Monday morning when asked which of the two 'tenders the team plans to run with into the playoffs. "Again, we need both goaltenders playing well. We need both goalies with confidence ... I know that's easier said than done. Obviously right now, Brian's played the majority of games, but as far as that goes we know we need to get Pascal in as many as we can.

"We're not going to divulge any more information than that."

The game against the Rangers will also be the last for the Senators prior to Wednesday's trade deadline.

Of top priority for GM Bryan Murray is adding a defenceman, or even two.


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