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Paddock behind East all-star bench

Wednesday, 02.01.2008 / 3:53 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Paddock behind East all-star bench
John Paddock waited more than a decade for a second chance as a National Hockey League coach.

Now he’s getting a bonus opportunity.

The Ottawa Senators bench boss and the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Babcock were officially named Wednesday as head coaches for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The selection is based on the top points percentage of teams in each conference as of Jan. 4.

While that date is still two days away, the Senators (25-10-4, .692) are guaranteed to top the Eastern Conference on Friday. Paddock’s assistant will be either Brent Sutter (New Jersey), John Stevens (Philadelphia) or Tom Renney (New York Rangers), whose teams are locked in a tight battle for the second-highest points percentage in the East.

“It’s certainly a very exciting thing to have an opportunity, on a short-term basis in sort of a fun game, to be around some of the most talented players in the game and in the world,” said Paddock, whose last NHL coaching stint, with the Winnipeg Jets, ended in 1995. “We have three or four players here (in Ottawa) who are premier players, and now you’re going to be around a lot more of them.

“So I’m thankful for the opportunity and for what the team’s done this year to allow that … Bryan (general manager Murray) and the coaches, everyone’s been around it.”

Read more about the all-star coaching announcement here.

Spezza tops NHL's December stars

Senators centre Jason Spezza has been named the NHL's First Star for the month of December.

In 14 games, Spezza led all league scorers with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) and recorded a plus-14 rating as the Senators went 9-3-2 and extended their lead in the Eastern Conference standings.

Spezza recorded points in 13 of 14 games, including nine multiple-point performances. He recorded goals in eight contests, including game-winners against Pittsburgh on Dec. 13 and Bostonon  Dec. 18. He also notched a 10-game point streak from Dec. 12-29, tallying 20 points (9-11-20) in that span. Spezza ranks third on the Senators and 10th in overall NHL scoring with 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 33 games.

You'll find more here about December's Three Stars, including video highlights.



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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