Auld gets another start for Senators, Gonchar out

The Senators will do some lineup shuffling for Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place. Alex Auld will be in net again, after Craig Anderson had to miss practice Monday for personal reasons.

Auld gets another start for Senators, Gonchar out
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Senators will do some lineup shuffling for Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place.

Alex Auld will be in net again, after Craig Anderson had to miss practice Monday for family reasons. Anderson is expected to back up tomorrow and should get the start on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Auld, who was sharp in Ottawa’s 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, was looking forward to getting into consecutive games — something that won’t happen much this season.

“I think that that’s something that’s always nice for a goalie — I haven’t really experienced that much over the last year and a bit, but it’s definitely good to feel a bit of a rhythm,” he said following practice.

Veteran defenceman Sergei Gonchar, who left Saturday’s game against Washington after taking a puck to the foot, is day-to-day with what the team is calling a bruise. He’ll miss the Philly game, allowing Brian Lee to draw in.

Also, coach Paul MacLean told reporters Monday that winger Bobby Butler may be placed on injured reserve after he re-aggravated a groin injury.

“Right now, (his recovery) is going to be longer than we thought,” MacLean said.

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Other notable items from practice Monday:

— No decision has been yet on where Mika Zibanejad will wind up after he plays his ninth NHL game this season. The 18-year-old hasn’t looked out of place here, but the team may still decide to send him back to Sweden and save a year on his contract. MacLean said the decision will be based on whether or not the “environment” is right for him here. “I think Mika can play in the NHL,” he said. MacLean suggested the quality of the environment is determined by wins and losses.

— Full MacLean audio here, including expanding on the importance of the upcoming home stand.

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