Sens hope Auld can help them rebound

Ottawa Senator goaltender Alex Auld eyes the puck  during second period pre-season action against...

Ottawa Senator goaltender Alex Auld eyes the puck during second period pre-season action against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place. Wednesday September 21, 2011. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

There will be a goalie change, that much has been decided, but Senators coach Paul MacLean will likely have one less roster decision to make when his team faces the Capitals in Washington Saturday night.

Winger Bobby Butler aggrivated a groin injury in Thursday's 7-1 loss to Colorado and will probably remain in Ottawa for the weekend.

MacLean will consider going with seven defenceman, as he did against the Avalanche, but that plan didn't work out very well. More likely, both Zenon Konopka and Erik Condra will draw back into the lineup.

MacLean will give Alex Auld his first start of the season in goal Saturday. He said it's time to give Auld a game -- not that he's dissatisfied with Craig Anderson. MacLean did say, however, his No. 1 goalie has been "inconsistent" like the rest of the team.


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