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Injury sidelines Gerber against Leafs

Pulled leg muscle shelves start vs. Leafs; Elliott recalled to back up Auld

Saturday, 10.25.2008 / 1:45 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Injury sidelines Gerber against Leafs
The Ottawa Senators will hit the ice in Toronto without their starting goaltender.

Head coach Craig Hartsburg revealed Saturday morning that Martin Gerber suffered a pulled leg muscle during the team's practice a day earlier at Scotiabank Place. That means Alex Auld draws the starting nod for the second straight night, facing the provincial rival Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

Brian Elliott has been recalled from the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators to back up Auld tonight. Elliott is 3-1-1 with the B-Sens so far this season with a stellar 2.10 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

"It’s a day-to-day thing and we don’t think it’s a long-term thing," Hartsburg told reporters in assessing Gerber's status after today's pre-game skate.

While the injury served to heighten the focus on the team's goaltending, Hartsburg said that's hardly the whole issue behind the team's 2-4-1 start this season. The Senators won only one of five games during a homestand that wrapped up Friday night with a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Place.

"We’ve had some ups and downs in that position but our whole team right now has to be better," said Hartsburg. "When you’re struggling like this, you can’t look further ahead than tonight and that’s the only game that we really are concerned with. We need our goaltending to be good and that’s no secret. You need good goaltending in this league to be successful.

"But we haven’t struggled early here just because of goaltending. That’s an easy excuse for everybody to use. The team has to play better and goaltending is part of it as well. There’s no way we can just blame goaltending."

In another lineup change, Christoph Schubert is being re-inserted into the lineup and will suit up as a defenceman in place of veteran Luke Richardson.

Tonight's game is the opener of a four-game road trip that will also see the Senators face off against the Buffalo Sabres (Monday), Florida Panthers (Thursday) and Tampa Bay Lightning (next Saturday). Hartsburg thinks the time away from home could be beneficial for a team that's still trying to find its game.

"We certainly have to get better playing as a team," he said. "That’s the biggest thing and maybe being on the road will help. It gets us back to being together more than we are at home but still, the focus is we’ve got to be a better team."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
2 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
3 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
4 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 57 11 52 3 63
B. Ryan 56 20 26 -5 46
M. Hoffman 53 24 19 3 43
M. Stone 55 17 25 -15 42
M. Zibanejad 56 11 24 -3 35
K. Turris 51 13 17 -13 30
J. Pageau 57 13 10 3 23
Z. Smith 56 12 5 2 17
C. Ceci 50 6 11 -1 17
C. Lazar 52 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 19 4 .915 2.85
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10