Foligno makes case for second line

Nick Foligno has had a great start to the pre-season, scoring four times in the Senators' first few...

Nick Foligno has had a great start to the pre-season, scoring four times in the Senators' first few games. (OTTAWA SUN file photo)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

OTTAWA - Nick Foligno is the current frontrunner in the race for the Senators second line left wing job.

The 22-year old veteran skated alongside Mike Fisher and Alex Kovalev at Monday’s practice while Peter Regin -- his main competition for the position -- was on the fourth line with Jesse Winchester and Zack Smith. Foligno has scored four highlight-reel goals in three pre-season games thus far.

“I guess if you evaluate the last few games he would be (the frontrunner),” said coach Cory Clouston. “But he’s got to make sure he doesn’t get complacent, and the lines are never set in stone.”

The training campers were separated into two groups Monday as -- while the possibility of some tinkering exists -- NHLers and AHLers are being clumped together.

On defence, rookie Jared Cowen and David Hale were with the main camp and Patrick Wiercioch was skating with the Binghamton-bound boys.

Meanwhile, only eight members from last year’s squad will make the trip to Dundas for Tuesday’s pre-season game against the Bufflao Sabres. The goalies going are Brian Elliott and Robin Lehner, while nobody from the top two lines or defensive pairings will make the journey.

Fisher left Monday’s practice early with a minor groin problem. Fisher, who will not be making the trip, figures he’ll be fine.


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