OTTAWA - Robin Lehner is going to get a chance to fly against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday at Scotiabank Place.
The Senators rookie goaltender, who made 31 stops in a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Tuesday, is going to be in the net for the special 7 p.m. puck drop which will be shown nationally on TSN.
The 19-year-old Lehner is thrilled.
ďI was happy. Itís a tough challenge. Iíve been focusing a lot on it. Itís going to be a hard game,Ē said Lehner.
Really, is there any other choice for coach Cory Clouston? Lehner gave the Senators a chance to win against the Devils. Thatís more than can be said for a lot of his teammates.
Goaltender Brian Elliott has lost 11 straight and hasnít even looked like he belongs at the NHL level anymore. The Senators have lost seven straight and 13 of 14. Ottawa hasnít won a game at home since Dec. 26th against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tired of the bad statistics? Well, hereís one more: The Senators were 0-4-2 in January on home ice.
ďHe was our best player (in Jersey). He played with poise and confidence,Ē said Clouston. ďHeís sharp and he wants another opportunity to get the win.Ē
Clouston said Lehner wonít be phased by facing hockey heroes like Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom.
ďHe likes that type of a challenge. Thatís the type of individual that he is,Ē said Clouston. ďHe likes to be in the spotlight. He likes that opportunity and I thought he played very well.Ē
Those arenít the only changes.
Winger Jarkko Ruutu will return from his lower body injury and centre Jesse Winchester is back after missing one game for personal reason. Callup Colin Greening will be out while itís expected either defenceman Brian Lee or Matt Carkner wonít play.