Win would give Sens a merry Christmas

Brian Lee is going back into the Senators lineup Thursday night at Nashville. (OTTAWA SUN file...

Brian Lee is going back into the Senators lineup Thursday night at Nashville. (OTTAWA SUN file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:30 PM ET

NASHVILLE - The Senators want to go into the Christmas break on a strong note.

The Senators are in the Music City Thursday for the final game before the NHL's two-day break and they'd like to pick up two points against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena.

Defenceman Brian Lee will suit up against the Predators while Matt Carkner will be a healthy scratch. Lee suited up last Thursday in Minnesota and the Senators scored a 3-1 victory over the Wild.

"This is the lineup that won our last game and I thought Brian played a really solid game," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "We need to be better defensively as a whole and just the way we're putting our pairs together."

Goaltender Brian Elliott, who hasn't won a game since Nov. 27th, is going to make the start. The Senators officially recalled Mike Brodeur from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. He will serve as the backup to Brian Elliott.

There aren't going to be any other changes to the lineup.

The Predators are going to have goaltender Pekka Rinne back from his knee injury. He will make the start with Nashville coming off a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday. Rinne hasn't played since Dec. 1, missing nine games after arthroscopic knee surgery.

"I'm feeling good, healthy and strong," said Rinne. "I feel confident. I have been practising well the last week or so. I tried to push it as much as I can so there's not going to be any surprises during the game."

The Predators are 8-2-5 on home ice this season. They have the fewest regulation home ice losses in the league.


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