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Senators go for new look to bust out of slump

Mar 16, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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If it’s not working, might as well shake things up.

The Ottawa
Senators, sinking and flailing in the midst of a post-Olympics slump,
will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight with a bit of a new look
tonight. The changes were made a bit by necessity, but coach Cory
Clouston is hoping some different combinations on the lines will spark
what has been a very weak offensive attack.

Bruce
Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports
that defenseman Chris Campoli
and forward Nick Foligno will return to the lineup tonight after missing
significant time due to injury. Unfortunately the team will be without
Mike Fischer and Filip Kuba, who will sit out tonight due to injury. I
don’t normally do this, but here are the lines for tonight’s game.

Forwards:

Michalek-Spezza-Foligno

Kelly-Cullen-Alfredsson

Shannon-Regin-Kovalev

Ruutu-Winchester-Neil

Defence:

Phillips-Volchenkov

Sutton-Karlsson

Carkner-Campoli

Even without Mike Fischer, just adding Foligno in certainly seems
to make the Senators a bit more balanced offensively. Yet looking at
the roster as a whole, it’s tough to say to yourself “Gee, this is a
team that will be going far in the playoffs.” With Pascal Leclaire
falling apart nightly, Ottawa will go with Brian Elliot in net. Can the
Sens get back on track with this revamped — but not exactly scary –
lineup?

I will say this. If they can’t do it against the Toronto
Maple Leafs, then perhaps all hope is lost.

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