Five callups join Senators to face Habs

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

The end is near for the Senators.

The Senators will play their final home game Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place before closing out the season Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden.

Senators coach Cory Clouston will go with Craig Anderson in net. The Habs, who have now clinched their playoff spot, have decided to give little-used backup Alex Auld a chance to play. Auld is a former Senators goalie.

After sending five players to Binghamton Wednesday to help that club clinch an AHL playoff spot in a 2-1 win over Norfolk, the Senators brought back Erik Condra, Colin Greening, Andre Benoit and David Hale Thursday for tonight's game.

The club decided to leave Patrick Wiercioch in the minors and called-up Derek Smith instead.

“He’s come a long way in the last year. He had an excellent season for them down in Bingo and he just looks a little more comfortable when he’s on the ice with us,” said Clouston. “His confidence level is a lot higher than it has been in the past. You can see that in his on-ice performance.”

Asked to reflect on the season, Clouston talked about the tumultuous ride.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs. Obviously, you’re disappointed you’re not in the playoffs,” said Clouston. “The last 24 or 25 games there have been a lot of positives.

“Our goaltending has been solidified, so much better, it gives other people a lot of confidence to go out and play the game. We've had eight or nine guys in our lineup from Binghamton. They've done a good job and it shows a lot of promise for the future."


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