Senators stick with Elliott against Islanders

As promised, the Ottawa Senators are going with what works.

As promised, the Ottawa Senators are going with what works.

They’ll ice the same lineup Thursday against the New York Islanders as the one that defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 earlier this week.

That means Brian Elliott, who improved his record to 5-4-0 with that win, returns to the crease for another game.

Pascal Leclaire, anointed the No. 1 netminder in the preseason and ready to go after rehabbing a groin injury suffered last month, will have to wait a little longer to get back between the pipes as a result.

Dwayne Roloson will get the start in goal for the Islanders.

Coach Cory Clouston confirmed that defenceman Filip Kuba will miss the contest against the Islanders and the hope is he’ll be ready to go against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

Kuba told reporters afterwards that he’s still having strength issues in his broken leg, however, and didn’t sound optimistic about a weekend return.

Mike Fisher, who missed the morning skate Thursday, will be in the lineup against the Isles.

The Senators appear to be catching the Islanders at the right time. John Tavares and Co. have lost five straight games and were pasted 7-2 by the Carolina Hurricanes last night.

Still, Clouston wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“You know they’re going to come out hungry, come out with some energy (because) they want to redeem themselves,” he said.

“They’ve got some good young players — they skate well, they pressure you hard,” Clouston added. “Obviously last night, I don’t think that was an indication of their team. I think they’re a better team than that and they’ve won some games this year.”

With a win against, the Islanders, the Senators would reach the .500 mark for the first time this season.

More to come…

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