Back to work for Senators

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 PM ET

Rested and relaxed after the two-day Christmas break, the Senators go back to work Sunday against the Penguins.

Sitting six points out of a playoff spot with the midway point of the schedule just around the corner, the Senators have to start playing with consistency if they’re going to get back into the post-season picture.

Coming off a 2-1 victory over the Predators on Thursday in Nashville, the Senators have some reason for optimism, but they’re hardly out of the woods.

One encouraging sign was the play of Brian Elliott, who made 25 saves in the victory over the Predators.

“I’m positive. The last six or seven games we’ve played well,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston. “We haven’t always come away with wins, but Brian showed up big and we need him to do that. He’s had some criticism thrown at him the last little while and it’s really nice for him to respond the way he did.”

Leclaire ailing

The health of goalie Pascal Leclaire (lower body) won’t be determined until Sunday morning. It’s expected Mike Brodeur will be recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton to dress as the backup.

Leclaire skated Thursday, but the two-day break is mandated by the NHL, so he hasn’t skated since then. He certainly won’t be ready to play and a morning skate isn’t enough if Elliott goes down and the Senators have to turn to another goalie.

Brodeur was sent to Binghamton on Christmas Eve, but that was likely just to get his salary off the books with Ottawa not playing.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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