|(L-R) Roman Wick, Marek Svatos, Corey Locke. (REUTERS/QMI files)
BUFFALO - There will be another new look for the Senators Friday at the HSBC Arena.
Alexei Kovalev is gone - dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a seventh-round pick Thursday - which means the club had to make some callups from its AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
While winger Marek Svatos - picked up on waivers from Nashville Predators - will make his debut against the Sabres, the Senators also brought up high scorer Corey Locke from Binghamton and are going to give Roman Wick his first look at the NHL.
ďIím more excited. Iím obviously a little bit nervous,Ē said Wick. ďThe last couple of months Iíve been playing better and Iíve gotten some goals.Ē
There werenít any deals Friday morning by the Senators, but the day is still young. Talks to get defenceman Chris Phillips signed to a contract have intensified in the last 24 hours.
If he signs, thereís a chance the Senators could make another deal to ship either Filip Kuba or Chris Campoli out of town. Several teams have shown interest in Phillips, but heís made it clear he wants to remain with the Senators.
Goaltender Craig Anderson will start -- his third straight since being acquired from Colorado last week for Brian Elliott. Anderson has won both those games.