The Senators are 0-2-1 after earning a point in a 3-2 overtime loss Monday at the Verizon Center. A chance to build on a decent performance against the Capitals — and put a halt to what is already their worst start in 15 years — presents itself Thursday when the Senators host the undefeated Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place. The Senators will have captain Daniel Alfredsson in the lineup against the ‘Canes, who are 2-0 after a couple of one-goal victories over Minnesota in Helsinki. Alfredsson left the Washington affair late in the third period, raising concerns of his availability for the second home game of the season.
Coach Cory Clouston said Brian Elliott will make his first start in goal, either against the Hurricanes or Saturday in Montreal. Pascal Leclaire played well in the first three games, but put a knot in Clouston’s shorts with the way he allowed Alex Ovechkin’s soft wrist shot to slip between his legs 32 seconds from a shootout. Otherwise, Clouston is feeling more comfortable than he did after the loses to Buffalo and Toronto. Although it is extremely early days, our power play, which, at 0-for-14, ranks last in the NHL. A couple of wins should get us back on track.