Leclaire to get one more start

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

Pascal Leclaire will get one more start before the playoffs.

Whether that is going to be Saturday against the New York Islanders at the Nassau County Coliseum isn’t known, but coach Cory Clouston said Friday he wants to give the struggling netminder one more chance to make sure he’s ready if needed in the post-season.

Fresh off booking a spot in the playoffs after missing last spring for the first time since 1997, the Senators held a 30-minute workout at Scotiabank Place before hitting the road for a three-game road trip with stops in Long Island, Florida and Tampa.

The Senators have one home game left against the Buffalo Sabres next Saturday to complete the season.

“We’re still looking to win these games,” said Clouston. “We still want to go into the playoffs with confidence and playing well.”

The Senators are happy to be back in the post-season.

“It feels great. We had a good streak going up until last year and it was tough not having a crack at it,” said Ottawa defenceman Chris Phillips.

“It’s very nice to be back in.”

The Senators expect to have winger Milan Michalek (knee) accompany them on the road trip. He will play in one of the three games, but no date has been decided. Michalek was skating on his own with assistant Luke Richardson before practice.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson, centre Jason Spezza along with defencemen Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov weren't on the ice. All are expected to play.


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