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Goaltending matchup still a mystery

Wednesday, 10.3.2007 / 2:44 PM ET / 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
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A. Hammond 15 1 1 .938 1.85
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49