Leclaire back on skates

Pascal Leclaire was helped off the ice last week after tearing a groin muscle during a game against...

Pascal Leclaire was helped off the ice last week after tearing a groin muscle during a game against the Hurricanes. (Reuters file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

Pascal Leclaire is inching closer to a return.

The Senators goaltender returned to the ice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a groin injury last Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes at home.

He didnt skate with equipment on, but is making progress. There is no timetable for his return, but coach Coach Clouston revealed that Leclaire may have suffered a small tear.

Its still a injury that you cant really predict. Its almost a day-by-day situation, said Clouston. He progressed and did some things (Thursday). If he comes out of the skate properly, he just keeps advancing. Hopefully, he wont be much longer.

Goalie Brian Elliott is expected to start against the Sabres Friday in Buffalo ahead of rookie Robin Lehner. That decision wont be announced until after the morning skate at the HSBC Arena.

Senators centre Jason Spezza returned to the ice. It would appear defenceman Erik Karlsson has been pulled off the No. 1 unit on the power play. Instead, the club will go with five forwards.

Binghamton callup David Hale arrived and will be in the lineup against the Sabres. He is expected to replace defenceman Brian Lee.


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