Elliott will start against Oilers

The Ottawa Senators will go with the same lineup that won on Saturday night when they face the Edmonton Oilers Monday at Scotiabank Place.

The Ottawa Senators will go with the same lineup that won on Saturday night when they face the Edmonton Oilers Monday at Scotiabank Place.

That means goaltender Brian Elliott, who posted his second shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory, will be back between the pipes.

While backup Pascal Leclaire had been playing well prior to that game, coach Cory Clouston said it’s tough not to go back with a guy who stopped every shot he faced.

“(Elliott) played very well,” Clouston said. “It’s not a slight on Pascal in any way,  shape or form.”

Elliott will have to be good against a young Oilers team that boasts the likes of Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. Although they’re currently ranked second-last in the NHL, underestimating lower tier teams often results in an unexpected losses.

“They play hard, they skate well, they’re a young team,” Clouston said. “If you give them opportunities, they’ll jump on them, so we have to make sure we’re playing our game.”

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Clouston was also asked for an update on former Oiler Luke Richardson, the Senators’ assistant coach who lost his young daughter to suicide earlier this month.

“It’s only a guess on when he’ll be back with the team here,” Clouston said. “Right now his focus and his priority is with his family. he was helping coach his oldest daughter’s team, I know he’s still doing that and they’re just taking it day-by-day.

“It’s obviously a very tough time for them, especially heading into the holidays. Everyone hopes and wishes he’ll be back as soon as possible with the team, but we definitely understand that, right now, his priorities have to be with his family.”

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