Sens give Leclaire back-to-back starts

Ottawa Senators' goalie Pascal Leclaire fails to stop a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar...

Ottawa Senators' goalie Pascal Leclaire fails to stop a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (bottom) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa November 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

Pascal Leclaire has his chance to get on a roll.

The Senators goaltender will make his second straight start Wednesday against the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Place after making 28 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday.

Leclaire, who picked up his first win of the season against the Kings, is pleased to get the chance.

The Senators face the challenge of trying to shut down Brad Richards and Mike Ribiero, who lead the charge for the Stars.

“It’s good (to get the start). I’m a day-to-day guy and I’m not going to change anything for the game preparation-wise,” said Leclaire, who hadn’t won a game since Apr. 22, 2009 against the Penguins. “The more you play, the more you’re comfortable.”

Coach Cory Clouston isn’t making any changes from the lineup that beat the Kings. That means defenceman Erik Karlsson will sit for the second straight game. He hasn’t been consistent and has struggled of late.

Defenceman David Hale will suit up in his place.

“(Karlsson) will get back in soon enough,” said Clouston. “There’s not a whole lot he can do right now. Work hard in practice, be a good teammate and wait for an opportunity.”

Winger Chris Neil, who missed Tuesday's practice with an upper body injury after a fight vs. the Kings, will play.

Faceoff tonight is 7:30 p.m.


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