BUFFALO — Brian Elliott is going to put his unbeaten record on the line against the Buffalo Sabres.
Elliott, who has an 8-0-0 record lifetime against Buffalo, will make the start as the Senators try to break their four-game road losing streak.
"He needs to come in and just play his game," said coach Cory Clouston. "He just has to play a solid game and worry about the next save. That's the approach our players have to take."
Defenceman David Hale, recalled from the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton Thursday, will go into the lineup in place of Brian Lee.
Chris Phillips and Sergei Gonchar will play together while Chris Campoli and Carkner are going to be another duo. Erik Karlsson will be alongside Hale.
The Sabres are winless in four at home. They have had the same issues the Senators have had. They haven't had a streak like this at home to start the season since 1993.
"This is the perfect matchup right now," said Buffalo centre Derek Roy. "Ottawa is looking for a win. We've been struggling and they're looking at this as a divisional game to change the momentum their way.
"We're looking the same. These are big games and big points."
The Senators shifted their lines a bit. It means Alexei Kovalev is now skating on the fourth unit with Ryan Shannon and Jesse Winchester. Peter Regin will skate with Nick Foligno and Mike Fisher.