Morning skate update: MacLean shuffles defence

On Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators sported a new look up front.

Morning skate update: MacLean shuffles defence
Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators spins to stickhandle the puck away from Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals on January 29, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators sported a new look up front.
On Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s the defence that will feature a couple of changes.
Mike Lundin, finally recovered from the broken finger he suffered in Sweden during the lockout, will make his Senators debut on the blueline. He will be paired with veteran Sergei Gonchar, who missed the previous two games due to the flu.
The other defensive pairings will feature Marc Methot with Erik Karlsson and Chris Phillips with Andre Benoit.
The defensive shuffling means that rookies Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki will sit out.
Assuming there are no new injuries, the Senators will eventually have to make a move to send someone south to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
“(Lundin)’s skating ability is his strength and that’s what we expect from him,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said following Thursday’s morning skate. “We’re hoping that we can get a pair of him and Sergei together and see if we can get some chemistry.”
The other defensive pairings will feature Marc Methot with Erik Karlsson and Chris Phillips with Andre Benoit.
“I know he’s a great player,” Lundin said. “It’s a dream to play with a guy like Gonchar. Just his knowledge of the game and the way he plays. If I get a chance to play with him, I will be very excited.”
Gonchar says it might take a little while for familiarity to develop.
“We have to communicate a lot in the beginning,” said Gonchar. “At the start, it’s going to be an adjustment for both of us. At the same time, he has been in the league and I think we will, we have to, start playing together well right away.”
Craig Anderson will make his seventh straight start in the net for the Senators.
The Hurricanes have yet to officially announce their starting goaltender, but it’s expected to be Cam
Ward, who played well in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday. Back-up Dan Ellis, however, shut out the Senators 1-0 in Carolina last Friday.

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