The Senators will add muscle to face the Boston Bruins.
Defenceman Matt Carkner, who has been a healthy scratch for six straight games, returns to face the Bruins at Scotiabank Place which means Brian Lee will take a seat along with centre Zenon Konopka.
“We expect (Carkner) to be him,” said coach Paul MacLean.
“He’s a big presence. He’s a big body, he can box people around our net and there’s an element that he brings that nobody else brings.”
Goaltender Alex Auld is set to start as Craig Anderson recovers from tendon surgery on his pinky finger.
“We talk about keeping our game simple, especially from the start,” said Auld.
“We’ve reaped the awards of that.
“Boston is a real opportunisitic team. They want to sit and wait for them to give you chances and try to capitalize on them. We definitely have to play a good, solid game. Just play the way we’ve been playing.”