Lehner to start for Sens

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

TORONTO -- Robin Lehner will play the entire game in goal Tuesday night for the Senators against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Goalie Mike Brodeur has a case of "either food poisoning or the flu", according to Ottawa coach Cory Clouston.

The illness was revealed this morning as the Senators hit the ice for their game-day skate.

"We hope he'll play well. He's a big, good goaltender who's had a solid camp so far," Clouston said. "He's just got to go in there and play well."

Lehner, who was a second-round pick acquired along with Pascal Leclaire from Columbus in the Antoine Vermette deal two years ago, is looking forward to his first pre-season start as a Senator. Last September he got into two exhibitions, both times coming off the bench.

"It's fun to play the whole game. It's also easier to get in after you warm up and play the first half," he said. "Last year I played two second halves."

While they'll be missing their top guns, the Senators will have plenty of muscle in the lineup, in case things get rough. Binghamton tough guy Tim Spencer will be joined by veteran muscle men Matt Carkner and Chris Neil.

Tonight's game will be broadcast on both Sportsnet Ontario and the Team 1200. Puck drop is 7 p.m.


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