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Goaltending matchup still a mystery

Wednesday, 03.10.2007 / 2:44 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Goaltending matchup still a mystery
For at least five days now, it hasn’t exactly been a closely guarded secret.

Martin Gerber will be between the pipes tonight for the Ottawa Senators when they play their season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200).

Senators head coach John Paddock made that clear over the weekend, when it was announced No. 1 goaltender Ray Emery wouldn’t be ready for the opener. Paddock confirmed Tuesday that Emery was likely seven to 10 days away from being game ready.

While it’s been widely reported that Andrew Raycroft will get the goaltending start for the Leafs – much heralded new Toronto netminder Vesa Toskala struggled during the pre-season – head coach Paul Maurice wouldn’t confirm the decision following Wednesday morning’s game-day skate.

Paddock said seeing Raycroft in net wouldn’t surprise the Senators.

“We know him through the league and he’s a fine goaltender,” he said. “We perhaps know him a little better than Toskala, but either one wouldn’t have been a surprise to start against us. We know they’ve got two good goaltenders.”

And so do the Senators, in Paddock’s mind.

“Goaltending should be the last thing we worry about,” he said Tuesday. “I look at it as a real strength.”

Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson, one of the National Hockey League’s top lines in 2006-07, are being reunited to start this season. Paddock said he won’t hesitate to let his top trio line up against the Leafs’ Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov and free-agent acquisition Jason Blake.

“We’re used to playing the last two years, power vs. power,” he said. “So if that’s the matchup Paul wants with the last (line) change, then we’ll probably try and satisfy that.”

Lineup notes

Emery traveled with the team to Toronto and skated on his own following the pre-game skate … Winger Josh Hennessy is also on the trip and healthy to play, but no announcement about who sits out tonight has been made yet.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06