January 23, 2012
Butler goes from scratch to top line
By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
Bobby Butler is getting another shot on the Senators' top line.
A healthy scratch in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Butler will return to the lineup to play with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek in Monday’s game against the Kings. Rookie Andre Petersson will sit to make room for Butler.
In the only other change, Kanata defenceman Mark Borowiecki will draw back in and replace Matt Carkner.
“He’s got three game-winning goals for us ... even though every goal he scores is important we’d still like to see him have more production offensively,” coach Paul MacLean said of Butler, who has scored five times and added four assists in 38 games this season. “He’s also played very well and worked hard at the defensive side of his game this year. Against this team, the Kings are a team that’s played real well defensively and we have to make sure we’re doing the same thing.”
MacLean’s tinkering will also see Nick Foligno move up to the second line and play with Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson, while Colin Greening drops from Spezza’s left wing to skate with Zack Smith and Chris Neil.
Erik Condra falls from the second line to the fourth, where he will play with Zenon Konopka and Kaspars Daugavins.
Borowiecki will be partnered with Chris Phillips, as he was Thursday in his NHL debut against San Jose.
“I’ve just got to be ready to play and contribute,” said Butler.