Sens give rookie Wiercioch NHL debut
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Senators rookie Patrick Wiercioch will get his NHL debut tonight as the team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes. (File photo)
RALEIGH - Patrick Wiercioch will make his NHL debut Tuesday.
The Senators recalled the rookie defenceman from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton to suit up against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Wiercioch, 21, selected by the club in 2008, will become the latest in a long line of players to make their NHL debut this season.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't (nervous)," Wiercioch said Tuesday
His parents are trying to make their way here from Maple Ridge, B.C. to see the game.
While Wiercioch had a difficult start to the season in Binghamton, he has been one of the club's best players in the last six weeks. He will replace Sergei Gonchar, who is out with a concussion.
"It's an opportunity for him. He had a slow start," said coach Cory Clouston. "It's an opportunity for him to see where he's at."
Goalie Craig Anderson, who hasn't started the last two games because of a lower body injury, will miss his third straight game. Curtis McElhinney will make the start, trying to win his fourth straight game since joining the Senators at the trade deadline.
"We just want to make sure when (Anderson) goes in he doesn't aggravate it. We felt that two more days would be days well spent for him," said coach Clouston. "He'll have a nice full practice (Wednesday) in New York."
Winger Milan Michalek is getting close, but is not yet ready to return from a broken foot either.