Sens will soon trim defence

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

The Senators’ blue line won’t be crowded much longer.

Senators GM Bryan Murray will likely make a decision on what to do with defenceman David Hale in the next 48 hours because the club can’t afford to keep carrying eight defencemen. The Senators have been unable to deal D Brian Lee. Hale is on a two-way contract and indications are he won’t be picked up if he is put on waivers.

FISHER HURTING

Senators C Mike Fisher, who has struggled, is still dealing with a medical issue that has been bothering him, according to coach Cory Clouston. Fisher feels he can play through it. “He’s a little bit banged up,” said Clouston. “He’s healthy enough to be effective out there.”

TRYING TO STAY POSITIVE:

Carolina coach Paul Maurice said the Hurricanes have stopped licking their wounds after being outscored 15-3 in their last two games. “Confident, upbeat, energetic teams win more games, especially if they’re young,” said Maurice. “If you let it get out of control, and that negativity creeps into your room, it’s not easy to get out of that. When we say positive, we’re moving in a positive direction. We can’t drag our lips around the ice just because we didn’t like the way we played our last two games.”

THIS ’N’ THAT

G Brian Elliott took a Chris Campoli shot off the shoulder near the end of Tuesday’s practice. Elliott was fine after going down briefly ... W Nick Foligno has the flu, but is expected to suit up against the Hurricanes. Lee skated as a forward ... Carolina expects to have Patrick O’Sullivan back against Ottawa. He has been a scratch for 10 of the club’s last 15 games. “There are times on days you sit where you say, ‘This is not fun and this is not what I want to be doing,’ ” said O’Sullivan Tuesday. “There’s a lot of work I had to put in, and it’s building towards playing the role I want to play.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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