Senators won’t make lineup changes for home opener against Devils

Coach Paul MacLean said he’ll stick with the same lineup that produced a 4-3 overtime win in Phoenix on Tuesday night, ending a six-game road trip to begin the season.

Cory Conacher #89 of the Ottawa Senators will be in the lineup for the home opener against the winless New Jersey Devils. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators (2-2-2) won’t make any lineup changes for Thursday’s (0-3-3).
Coach Paul MacLean said he’ll stick with the same lineup that produced a 4-3 overtime win in Phoenix on Tuesday night, ending a six-game road trip to begin the season.
That means defenceman Joe Corvo and centre Stephane Da Costa will sit.
MacLean will also stick with the same lines he used in that game.
That’ll see Cory Conacher again on the top line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, while Bobby Ryan will play with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur.
The third line will have Zack Smith between Colin Greening and Chris Neil, while the fourth will have Jean-Gabriel Pageau between Matt Kassian and Erik Condra.
Eric Gryba will stay in on defence, again bumping Corvo.
Traditionally, a team’s first game back at home after a long road trip is sluggish and disappointing, but MacLean is hoping that the team will find energy to match the excitement of a home opener.
“We’ve played six times on the road already, so I think the excitement of playing at home will give us some energy,” he said.
He also doesn’t think his team will look past the Devils, who have had a tough start to their season.
“I hope they’re not looking at (New Jersey’s) record,” he said.
“I would hope they’re looking at the home opener as their priority rather than what the Devils record is.”

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