A familiar scene played out at Ottawa Senators practice Tuesday morning, featuring goaltender Pascal Leclaire lying on the ice with an apparent leg injury.
Fortunately for coach Cory Clouston and his troops, this one wasn’t as serious as it looked. Leclaire took a puck in an unpadded area around his knee, but should be ready to go when the Senators face off against the Dallas Stars
Clouston couldn’t help but chuckle when asked about how his oft-injured keeper was feeling.
“He’s fine,” Clouston said, though he didn’t totally deny thinking, ‘here we go again.’
“Maybe for a brief moment it flashed in my head, but when I went down there, he said ‘I’m okay.’”
While Clouston never reveals who his starter is before gameday, he’s fond of the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
As a result, odds are good that No. 33 will be back between the pipes against the Stars.
Great news for Leclaire, not so much for defenceman Erik Karlsson. The sophomore blueliner watched Monday night’s win over Los Angeles from the press box, and it certainly sounded like he’ll be stuck up there until the Senators stumble again.
“Bascially it’s about winning games, it’s about going out and executing, playing well and that’s all we need him to do when he comes back,” Clouston said. “However way he approaches it — we had a good practice today — next time he gets into the lineup he has to play well.”
Some lineup shuffling may be necessary if the upper body injury Chris Neil suffered Monday keeps him out, though Clouston didn’t think it would.