Sens' Lee returns to lineup

Ottawa Senators' coach Cory Clouston has returned Brian Lee to the lineup to fill in for the...

Ottawa Senators' coach Cory Clouston has returned Brian Lee to the lineup to fill in for the injured Matt Carkner. (QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The streak is about to end for Brian Lee.

In his home state, Lee will return to the lineup against the Minnesota Wild after being a healthy scratch for 25 straight games.

"I'm really looking forward to it. Should be tons of fun," said Lee, who will have plenty of friends and family on hand.

He will return for the first time since Oct. 22 for defenceman Matt Carkner, who has a gash on his leg after getting cut by Erik Karlsson in practice Tuesday.

"We just want to make sure in back-to-back games, Matt has a good cut in his ankle," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "It is kind of a double situation because it's a good time to get Brian in as well. It's a good time to give Matt the night off as well to make sure we don't aggravate anything as well."

Pascal Leclaire is making a return to the net. After a sub-par outing by goaltender Brian Elliott in a 4-3 OT loss to the Atlanta Thrashers Monday, Leclaire is going to get the chance to get the two points. Leclaire has only three wins this season but this is no surprise.

The Wild will start Jose Theodore in the net ahead of starter Niklas Backstrom. He hasn't been getting the job done lately and coach Todd Richards wants to make a change.

"He gives us the best chance to win," said Richards. "He played well in L.A. (in a 3-2 OT) win. Every decision is made for the team and this is what's best for the team."

Senators centre Matt Cullen (groin) won't suit up while John Madden (upper body) will be a game time decision. They took part in the morning skate.

This two game road trip for the Senators will wrap up Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.


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