Sens to start Elliott against Caps

Goalie Brian Elliott will get the start Sunday, December 19, 2010 against the Caps at Scotiabank...

Goalie Brian Elliott will get the start Sunday, December 19, 2010 against the Caps at Scotiabank Place. (File photo)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Goalie Brian Elliott will be thrown at some hungry Capitals when the Senators host Washington Sunday night at Scotiabank Place.

Backing up Elliott will be Mike Brodeur, who was called up Sunday after registering a shutout the night before in the East Coast Hockey League.

Pascal Leclaire will miss the game with a lower body injury, but coach Cory Clouston is hoping he can return to the lineup Thursday in Nashville.

"As of right now," Clouston, whose goaltending has let him down in recent games, said after the morning skate when asked if he was going with Elliott over Brodeur.

The Capitals, who have lost eight games in a row, outshot the Boston Bruins 26-2 in the third period of Saturday's 3-2 setback.

"They've got their backs against the wall," Clouston said about the Caps. "They played a good game (Saturday) but (Boston goalie) Tim Thomas was unbelievable. This is a team that's going to come out hard and with a lot of emotion. We have to match that."

Daniel Alfredsson expects to see a different Capitals team Sunday.

"They'll probably be more organized in the neutral zone," he said. "I don't think they play the same run and gun style as they probably would when things are going really good. We expect a tight checking game from them tonight."

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau says his team hasn't lost its faith.

"I think we still believe in ourselves," he said at Scotiabank Place Sunday morning. "But what happens is, when you're on top of your game and things are going well it takes you and awful lot to get you off that game. When you're struggling, then the slightest thing, each thing knocks you down the peg a little quicker. We're not as confident as we'd like to be, obviously. We haven't won in eight games. But we're confident that we're a good enough team to get out of this thing."

The Caps will be without winger Alexander Semin, who is believed to have a lower body injury.

Asked which goalie he planned on starting against the Senators, Boudreau quipped: "I haven't flipped the coin yet."


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