Carkner poised for return

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

BOSTON -- Facing a team that boasts the likes of Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton and Zdeno Chara, Senators defenceman Matt Carkner can expect to draw back into the lineup Tuesday against the Bruins.

Carkner has been a healthy scratch while Brian Lee has played the last two games, vs. Chicago and Tampa.

"(The coaching staff ) was trying to match up against speed. (The opposition) didn't have much toughness, the last two games we've played," said Carkner, second on the team in penalty minutes with 90. "I just want to improve every part of my game. It's not one single thing."

Carkner says he has been working as hard as he can to be ready for when he does get back in. He also admits it's not easy being singled out.

Interestingly, Carkner is one of two players on the team who does not have a dash in front of his plus-minus rating. His even is second best on the Senators, behind Jarkko Ruutu's plus-2.

"If the team is playing well, you're going to play better as well," Carkner said of being benched. "It's one of those things where, if we're not pulling together, there's going to be shakeups, there's going to be a situation where everyone has got a chance to sit in the stands. We've just got to get our game back together.

"You can't be sulking around. We're a team here. We're going to try and have fun, be positive, and do our best to prepare for the next game. We can't do that by sulking around."


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