Kuba ready to go

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

BOSTON — Filip Kuba is finally ready for action.

The Senators blueliner, who has missed 16 games with a broken leg he suffered on the first day of camp, will make his debut Saturday at the TD Garden against the Boston Bruins.

Kuba made it through the morning skate and declared afterward he will play. Blueliner David Hale will come out and will likely be returned to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton in the next few days.

Kuba will be paired with defenceman Erik Karlsson.

"We can't hope for miracles from him right off the bat," said coach Cory Clouston Saturday. "He's got to keep it simple. We can't expect too much. He has practised well. We just have to have a real simple game from him."

Given a rest after starting 11 straight games, Brian Elliott will be in the net against the Bruins. He has been suffering from a minor injury but was on the ice for the morning skate.

Coming off a 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, the Senators need a victory here to get this four-game road trip off to a positive start. They will make stops in Philadelphia, Raleigh and St. Louis.

Boston coach Claude Julien said he is expecting a tough test.

The Bruins scored a 4-0 victory over the Senators two weeks ago in Ottawa.

"They're a very different team than the last time we faced them," said Julien. "I know they had a tough game against Vancouver but I think after our last game they really started playing some good hockey."

Defenceman Brian Lee will be a healthy scratch for the 10th straight game.

Game time is 7 p.m. on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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