Blues hope to end skid against Senators

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

St. LOUIS - The Senators won't be seeing playoff hero Jaroslav Halak Friday at the Scottrade Center.

Blues coach Davis Payne has decided to start Ty Conklin against the Senators as Ottawa wraps up this four-game road trip. Halak is O-3-1 in his last four starts with a .800 save percentage.

The Blues haven't lost at home, and Payne wants to see if Conklin can stabilize things.

"Part of it is performance based and where (Halak) is. This will give him a chance to get refocused and settled back in for his outing," said Payne. "Same thing with Conklin, he has been a guy that has been able to step in. We want to make sure the battle levels are up."

Pulled in his last start after allowing four goals on 16 shots, Brian Elliott will return to the Ottawa net and there will be no changes to the lineup. The Senators expect a better effort than a 7-1 loss in Carolina Wednesday and the players are refocused after a difficult week with the tragic death of assistant coach Luke Richardson's daughter Daron.

"We did a lot of little things we wanted to address," said coach Cory Clouston. "The guys' mood and atmosphere in the dressing room is much better today."

Payne said the Senators will be better.

"It's tough to anticipate what their last game would have looked like with the kind pain they had and everything they are going through and went through," said Payne. "You would anticipate a reestablishment of order and that's what we'll get."

Defencemen Brian Lee and David Hale will be healthy scratches for Ottawa.


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