Elliott gets 10th straight start

Brian Elliott is making his 10th straight start in Montreal tonight. (REUTERS/Blair Gable, file)

Brian Elliott is making his 10th straight start in Montreal tonight. (REUTERS/Blair Gable, file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:10 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Senators woke up Saturday morning in a playoff position for the first time this season.

Sitting at No. 8 in the East, the Senators need to show they can play with the big boys by pulling off a victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Coach Cory Clouston isn't going to be making any changes after drubbing the New York Islanders 4-1 Thursday.

Goalie Brian Elliott will make his 10th straight start.

Coming off a 3-2 victory over the Sabres Friday in Buffalo, the Habs will have Carey Price in the net. They are expecting to see a different Ottawa team than they did in the first two games of the season.

"They're rolling a little bit," said Montreal winger Michael Cammalleri. "(Jason Spezza) had a big night (Thursday) and when he gets rolling he's got confidence. We expect them to be good. We think we're going to have our hands full."

There was one promising sign for the Senators. Winger Milan Michalek, who has been out for a week with tendinitis in his knee, was on the ice Saturday. He could return as early as Tuesday against the Atlanta Thrashers.

"He's skating well. We'll see how he is after this. That's a big plus," said Clouston. "We'll cross our fingers and hope he can have a full practice Monday. The best-case scenario is he'll play Tuesday."

"We're definitely going in the right direction," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We want to keep it going."

Centre Zack Smith was recalled from the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton Saturday morning and will suit up. He played against the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday at the Bell Centre in a 5-2 loss.


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