SAN JOSE – Robin Lehner will make his first start of the season and Jason Spezza will return to the lineup Saturday as the Ottawa Senators hope to slow down the deadly San Jose Sharks.
Lehner, who has served as a back-up to Craig Anderson in the opening three games of the season, understands he faces a tough task against the Sharks, who have outscored their opponents 21-5 while racing out to a league-best 4-0-0 record.
“They’re a good team, but so are we,” said Lehner. “We have points in all our games, too. I think we have been playing sloppy at times, but we’ve also been playing really well at times.If we can put 60 minutes together, I think we have a good chance to win.”
Spezza, meanwhile, was smiling widely following Saturday’s morning skate, back in after missing Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles while nursing a tender groin.
“I’ve had a good couple of days of practice and taking that game off helped and hopefully that’s the end it,” he said. “Hopefully, it will be smooth sailing from now on.”
The one question mark for the game is defenceman Joe Corvo. Corvo took a puck in the eye during the morning skate and left the ice. Coach Paul MacLean says it will be a game time decision on whether Corvo plays. If he can’t play, Eric Gryba will go in.
Matt Kassian will sit out as a healthy scratch.
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