Sens' Kelly will suit up against Canucks

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:28 PM ET

VANCOUVER Chris Kelly is returning to the lineup.

After missing Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury, Kelly was on the ice for the morning skate Saturday and will suit up against the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

Coach Cory Clouston is sticking with his promise to give goalie Pascal Leclaire the start. He will be in the net for the first time since he made 30 saves in the club's 2-1 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Saturday in Ottawa.

"We feel confident when we play our game we can beat anybody," said Clouston.

Vancouver is making its first appearance at home since Jan. 27. The Canucks have been gone for 42 days and finished 8-5-1 during a 14-game road trip sandwiched by the Olympics.

The Canucks will have defenceman Kevin Bieksa back after a 17-game absence with a ankle injury. He was accidently cut by Peter Prucha's skate on Dec. 29. Blueliner Shane O'Brien will be a healthy scratch.

"It feels good. I've been out for a while and I'm happy to get back," said Bieksa. "It's our first home game in a while so it's going to be nice to be back."

Shean Donovan will be a healthy scratch for the Senators.


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