Sens sit Campoli; Lee's back in

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 PM ET

LONG ISLAND - Cory Clouston insists he's not "sending a message" by benching veteran defenceman Chris Campoli.

But what he says after that, confirms he is doing just that in sitting Campoli for the Ottawa Senators' game tonight against the New York Islanders.

"It's not necessarily sending a message, it's just we need guys who we think will win the game (Thursday) night," Clouston said after the morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

"Chris had a below average game (Tuesday in Boston). He was -4. We need a little more offence from him. But we don't need to be sending messages right now. We just need him to play better."

Brian Lee will take Campoli's spot as the Senators try to snap a six-game losing streak against the Islanders.

Campoli, who has one goal, six assists and one of the better plus-minus ratings (minus-6) on the team, says he feels like he's played well for the most part this season.

Aside from disappointing numbers offensively, he has.

"This is a bump in the road, I guess, and I plan on bouncing back from it," said Campoli, a former Islander who was clearly bothered that the benching occurs here. "Yeah for sure it's frustrating. I'm not happy about that."

Robin Lehner will become the youngest goalie in Senators history when he steps in between the pipes. Also part of the youth movement tonight in an effort to inject some life into the team will be former Ottawa 67's star Corey Locke. The AHL's leading scorer this season will play his first NHL game.


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