OTTAWA _ The Senators will try to shake off the doldrums at home Thursday night.
Coming off a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday, coach Paul MacLean won’t make any changes against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre as the club begins a five-game homestand.
That means Robin Lehner will make his second straight start in place of an injured Craig Anderson. Lehner had 32 stops against the Jackets. MacLean said winning the Senators need to stop the five-game slump at home.
“(Losing here) would be a nice habit to get rid of,” said MacLean Thursday morning. “We have home games here in November. Again, we’ve played well in our last three games. Can we play well again? That’s the challenge for us.
“If we can play well again here tonight then a bulk of our games the rest of November are at home. We’d like to get some traction and get moving.”
The Senators will dress Nathan Lawson as the backup against the Habs but his stay could be short. Goalie Craig Anderson was on the ice for an extended period Thursday and it would appear he’ll be ready Saturday against the Panthers.
MacLean said he didn’t have a timetable on Anderson but felt the fact he was on the ice all morning was “a good sign. He was out early. I haven’t talked to him but I would take that as being very positive.”