Sens won't take 'feisty' Isles lightly

Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliot reacts to the puck during NHL hockey action against the...

Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliot reacts to the puck during NHL hockey action against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, New York October 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Gary Wiepert)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

The Senators are about to face a team that has lost five games in a row and is coming off a 7-2 shellacking at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

They are approaching it cautiously.

"We've just got to make sure that we're focused on ourselves," said coach Corey Clouston, whose 5-6-1 Senators take on the 4-6-2 New York Islanders Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

"We know from experience sometimes that's when you're the hungriest, the most dangerous, when you come off a tough loss.

"You know they're going to come out hungry. They're going to come out with some energy. They want to redeem themselves. And they've got some good young players. They skate well, they pressure you hard. Obviously, (Wednesday in Carolina) I don't think was an indication of their team. I think they're a better team than that."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson agreed, saying he expects the Hurricanes to be "feisty."

"It's not just one thing," said Isles coach Scott Gordon, who didn't have a morning skate but called for a team meeting Thursday at SBP.

"I think what gave us success early, we were all on the same page. We've had a slew of injuries, we've lost two defencemen, we've had forwards who were out for three or four games and come back and not picked up where they left off ... we haven't had any consistency with out lineup."

Meanwhile, Clouston will give Brian Elliott his 10th straight start in goal.

Defenseman Filip Kuba will not return from his broken ankle for this one and, while Clouston is "hopeful" to get him back Saturday against Montreal, Kuba himself is reluctant to put a date on what would be his first game of the season.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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