FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators
Twitter Facebook Instagram SensTV Become a Sens Army Insider Ottawa Senators Official Mobile Application RSS
Features
 

Sens buoyed by memory of playoff win

Wednesday, 21.11.2007 / 3:34 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
It’s a road destination with special meaning for the Ottawa Senators.

When the Senators take the ice at HSBC Arena for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200), it’ll mark the teams’ first meeting in that building since May 19. That’s the day when Daniel Alfredsson’s overtime goal clinched the Eastern Conference crown for the Senators and propelled them into the Stanley Cup final for the first time in modern franchise history.

“There’s lots of emotions for everybody coming back here,” head coach John Paddock said after Wednesday’s 30-minute pre-game skate. “I think it should be good (for us) that way.”

Perhaps it’s an appropriate spot, too, for goaltender Ray Emery to make his fourth start of the season. Emery, who backstopped the Senators all the way through their magical playoff run last spring, hasn’t played since Nov. 8 and has watched Martin Gerber make four straight starts since.
“I expect him to play well,” Paddock said of Emery. “It’s a good place for him to play after being out for (nearly two weeks).”

The Senators won’t have veteran centre Randy Robitaille tonight. The Ottawa native took a shot off his left hand during Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and left that game early. He skated with the team Wednesday morning, but it was determined his hand was too sore for him to suit up against the Sabres.

Forward Brian McGrattan will be inserted into the lineup in Robitaille’s absence.

The Sabres, meanwhile, get centre Tim Connolly back off the injury list. But Paddock doesn’t expect the Senators will see a different approach from the Sabres.

“They’ll play the same game they played last time,” he said in reference to the Senators’ 3-2 win over the Sabres at Scotiabank Place last Thursday. “It’s the same game the Buffalo Sabres always play – high tempo, lots of skating.

“I don’t know where they’re going to put (Connolly), but they’ve got lots of options, I know that.”

After tonight’s matchup, which ends a three-game road trip, the Senators return home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Sens TV, Team 1200). Paddock has tabbed Gerber as his starting goaltender for that one.

Fewer than 200 tickets remain for Thursday’s game and Saturday’s visit by the Philadelphia Flyers to Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).


STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  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
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

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
SENS ARMY FAN POLL