Auld gets a rare start in New Jersey

Alex Auld will start in goal for the first time since Nov. 20 tonight as the Ottawa Senators hope to rebound following Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Auld gets a rare start in New Jersey
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, left, and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Lee Stempniak, right, vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Denver. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

NEWARK, N.J. — Alex Auld will start in goal for the first time since Nov. 20 tonight as the Ottawa Senators hope to rebound following Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.
“We felt this was a game, on back to back (nights), that the way the schedule is, it was a good chance to get Alex in,” coach Paul MacLean said this morning. “Just be himself. If he can stop one more than the other guy that would be real good.”
There will be no other changes — MacLean offered a blunt “No” when asked if there were any thoughts of putting Nikita Filatov in the lineup — despite concerns about poor execution against the Capitals.
“Our team has bounced back pretty well from losses this year and I think that would be our expectation…to get ready for another game and not dwell too much on last night and just get ready for the next game and give ourselves a chance to win.”
MacLean acknowledged he needs more from Jason Spezza (no points and a minus three against Washington) as well as his other top players.
“We could use a game from Jason and from Daniel (Alfredsson) for that matter and from (Erik) Karlsson,” he said. “We would expect our whole team to respond.”
The coach also said he could juggle his forward lines to try and create more.

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