Sens stick Filatov in press box

Nikita Filatov will be watching the Sens home opener tonight, along with Bobby Butler and Brian...

Nikita Filatov will be watching the Sens home opener tonight, along with Bobby Butler and Brian Lee. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

OTTAWA - Nikita Filatov has gone from the top line to out of line.

The Senators winger, acquired from Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL entry draft in June, will be a healthy scratch for the clubs home opener against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.).

Filatov was scoreless in the clubs first two games and unable to get the job done playing on a line with Jason Spezza. He will sit in favour of centre Peter Regin, who returns from a shoulder injury he suffered during training camp.

Winger Bobby Butler will sit for the second straight game.

I wouldnt use the word disappointed, said coach Paul MacLean after the morning skate. I think Nikita has made some great strides with his approach, but things havent gone good for him. Much the same way as Bobby Butler.

Theyre still leaning how were playing the game and the speed we want to play the game at. Right now, the other players that are in the lineup have played better than they have.

Filatov said he has spoken with MacLean.

Its really just a coach's decision. Its not that Im surprised. You just have to take it, said Filatov. Well go from that. He told me what I have to work on and Im going to do it.

Defenceman Brian Lee will be scratched for David Rundblad, who will make his NHL debut.

Im just looking forward to playing a game, said Rundblad. Ive been here for two months and Ive been looking forward to this opportunity. Its going to be fun to be part of it.


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