Sens shake up lines, lineup

Erik Karlsson has been banished to the press box by Senators coach Cory Clouston for tonight's game...

Erik Karlsson has been banished to the press box by Senators coach Cory Clouston for tonight's game against the Kings. (QMI Agency file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

OTTAWA - Erik Karlsson will be a spectator Monday night.

The Senators defenceman is well enough to suit up against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Place, but coach Cory Clouston wants Karlsson to sit anyway, which means blueliner David Hale will play.

While Karlsson has the flu, he could play, but Clouston wants the youngster to watch and try to get his game together. He is minus-5 this season and took a boatload of bad penalties on the club’s long and frustrating road trip last week.

Hale has been a healthy scratch for four straight games.

“It’s perfect time for (Karlsson) to step back, refocus and get his game back on track as well,” said Clouston.

There will be plenty of changes.

Goalie Pascal Leclaire will make his first start in the club’s net since a 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 11. He replaced Brian Elliott last Wednesday in Raleigh and allowed three goals on 12 shots in another lopsided loss.

Clouston has also changed all of the club’s forward line combinations.

Here’s a look:

Forwards
Kelly-Spezza-Alfredsson
Michalek-Regin-Kovalev
Foligno-Fisher-Shannon
Ruutu-Winchester-Neil

Defence
Phillips-Gonchar
Kuba-Hale
Carkner-Campoli

Clouston said he's changing the combinations “to shake things up a little” on all the forward lines.

“It’s definitely broke. There is some familiarity with the pairings we’ve got. Peter (Regin) has played well with Alex (Kovalev). (Jason) Spezza and (Daniel) Alfredsson have played well together. (Nick) Foligno, (Mike) Fisher and (Ryan) Shannon, a year ago was a very good line for us,” said Clouston.


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