Kuba to miss Saturday game

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

The Senators will have to get through at least one more game without the services of Filip Kuba.

While earlier projections had him returning to the lineup for Saturday's game in Montreal, the veteran defenceman will now likely make his season debut either Tuesday at Scotiabank Place against the Atlanta Thrashers or in Thursday's home game against Vancouver.

Kuba has been on the mend since suffering a broken leg on the first day of training camp.

"He's not quite there yet," coach Cory Clouston said after Friday's practice at Sensplex. "He's got to be 100 percent confident in it and right now we're not there yet."

Meanwhile, Milan Michalek could skate Saturday for the first time since limping out of the lineup with inflammation in his surgically repaired knee.

He has missed the last three games after a decent start which saw him score four goals. It's hoped Michalek will practice with the team Monday and make his return Thursday.

The Senators, who have won two in a row to get back to the .500 mark, have lost both their meetings with the Habs this season.

Brian Elliott is expected to make his 11th consecutive start in goal as they try to change that trend. Scoring the first goal will be keep against the Habs, as the Senators have a 5-0 record when they do.

"I think we got back on track just playing our game," said centre Chris Kelly. "The first two games (of the season) we were a totally different team than we are now. I think we're playing together, we're playing as five man units, as opposed to being spread out, playing forward and defence.

"Obviously, the last few games we've managed to get the lead ...it's a much easier game to play when you get the lead."

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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