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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02