Senators switch goalies against Kings

The Ottawa Senators hope a change in goal can shake them out of their current funk.

The Ottawa Senators hope a change in goal can shake them out of their current funk.

Pascal Leclaire will start between the pipes to face the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Place Monday night.

Brian Elliott, who had taken over the No. 1 position after Leclaire suffered a groin in jury in mid-October, has lost three straight games by lopsided scores.

Leclaire handled mop-up duty in last Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, allowing three goals in 43 minutes of work.

Coach Cory Clouston‘s shake-up wasn’t limited to the goalie situation. In addition to shuffling his forward lines at practice Sunday, he’ll also scratch sophomore defenceman Erik Karlsson for Monday’s game. Although Karlsson had been suffering from flu-like symptoms over the weekend, the coach admitted the move was also about sending a message.

“He was definitely sick yesterday, it’s been going through the team a little bit, but it’s a perfect time for him to step back and kind of refocus and get his game back on track,” Clouston said.

Reliable defender David Hale will take his spot in the lineup.

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