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|Brian Elliott and the Senators hope to rebound from a pair of road losses with a victory in St. Louis tonight (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images).
The longest of road trips — or so it might seem — is finally nearing its conclusion.
And the Ottawa Senators believe they can find some light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a victory over the Blues tonight in St. Louis (8 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200), which would give them a split of what has been a most trying four-game road swing.
Given all they've been through in the last week, it would be an uplifting turn of events.
"I think we're all excited about turning this around," Senators forward Peter Regin
said in reflecting upon what has transpired in the previous seven days. "We had two tough games (back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes by a combined score of 12-2), so now we all want to turn it around."
Hours after learning the news about the death of 14-year-old Daron Richardson, the youngest daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson, an inspired Ottawa team blanked the Bruins 2-0 in Boston last Saturday. Burdened by the cauldron of emotions surrounding the tragedy, the Senators didn't have anywhere near the same energy in the losses to the Flyers and Canes.
But Senators head coach Cory Clouston believes his charges are in the right headspace now to rediscover their game against a Blues team that is currently mired in the throes of a five-game losing streak.
"This is a big game for us to wrap up the road trip," he said following an optional skate earlier today at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. "I think our guys handled the situation (in the last week) with class, dignity and maturity and we just need a big effort tonight."
The Blues, who are coming off a 7-3 whipping at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, have faded since a 9-1-2 start to the season. But Clouston knows the Senators are facing a dangerous foe tonight.
"We watched most of (the Blues') last game and the score was not indicative of the game," he said. "When it was tied up late in the third, St. Louis had a couple of good chances to win that game. They’re going to be a hungry team. They play well in this building. But we’re more concerned about us right now and getting our game back on track."Around the boards
Regin won't soon forget his first visit to the Scottrade Center, back on Jan. 29, 2009. "I scored my first (National Hockey League) goal in this rink and I'm excited to be back," said the native of Herning, Denmark. It was also the game-winner in a 3-1 Ottawa victory. Regin also had a career-high three points as Ottawa edged the Blues 3-2 on Jan. 21 at Scotiabank Place ... No lineup changes for Ottawa this evening, which means Brian Elliott gets the start in goal ... Senators forward Ryan Shannon plays his 200th NHL game tonight ... Alex Kovalev remains one point shy of the 1,000 plateau for his career ... The Senators play six of their next seven games at home, including Monday's visit by the Los Angeles Kings
to Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).