Hot Leclaire stays in net against Caps

Ottawa Senatorsí Chris Campoli slides into goalie Pascal Leclaire while chasing the puck during...

Ottawa Senatorsí Chris Campoli slides into goalie Pascal Leclaire while chasing the puck during their game against the Sabres October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Blair Gable

BRUCE GARRIOCH , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:18 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Pascal Leclaire is staying in the net.

The Senators goaltender will make his third straight start as Ottawa tries to get its first victory of the season at the Verizon Centre Monday.

Leclaire has stopped 67-of-74 shots, has a .905 save-percentage but still hasn't gotten a victory. He has been the club's best player and there is no reason to take him out of the net.

The Senators will make changes to the lines. Alex Kovalev skated with Peter Regin and Ryan Shannon while Zack Smith played the right side with Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno.

Jesse Winchester will be a healthy scratch.

"We all have to do more and unfortunately he is the guy that is coming out," said coach Cory Clouston.

Kovalev landing on the fourth line isn't by accident. The club is trying to capitalize on his strengths.

"That was a real good line for us last year with (Shannon), Kovalev and Peter," said Clouston. "We wanted to get Shannon's speed in there."

Jason Spezza will remain with Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson while the trio of Jarrko Ruutu, Chris Kelly and Chris Neil is also together.

The defence will also look different. Sergei Gonchar is going to be with Chris Phillips.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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