The A-Train is back on track.
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov will return to the lineup Thursday night at Scotiabank Place against the Carolina Hurricanes. He missed one game with a upper body injury suffered Saturday in an accidental collision with defenceman Andy Sutton.
The return of Volchenkov means blueliner Brian Lee will likely be sent back to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton later Thursday. Volchenkov wasn't in the lineup for the club's 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals Tuesday on the road.
With the club on a five-game winning streak and in the position to book a playoff spot with a victory, it's no surprise coach Cory Clouston is sticking with goalie Brian Elliott in the net.
Rookie winger Bobby Butler, 22, signed Monday, will be in the lineup and is going to be on the fourth line.
"I'm not sure how much he's going to play," said Clouston.
Butler, signed out of the University of New Hampshire, said he's going to try to stay calm in his debut.
"I'm trying to treat it like it's any other game," said Butler. "It's not just another game. I'm definitely nervous and I'm sure it will hit more near game time.
Naturally, getting back to the playoffs is important for Ottawa.
"Things are looking good. We are definitely playing much better this season," said centre Mike Fisher. "We kind of learned from last year and the disappointment of going home so early. We want to finish out strong and get ready."