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Sens hope to bolt home with win

Thursday, 01.24.2008 / 2:59 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Sens hope to bolt home with win
The time for talking is over.

Now the Ottawa Senators get a chance to heed their coaching staff’s words when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m., A-Channel, Team 1200). It’s the Sens’ last game before the National Hockey League’s four-day all-star break, which begins Friday.

It’s the final stop on a three-game road trip.

Senators head coach John Paddock said the message tonight is a simple one for his team, which has gone 1-4-1 since knocking off the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings 3-2 back on Jan. 12 at Scotiabank Place.

“Play the game right and play with some urgency. That’s really it,” Paddock said after the Senators’ pre-game skate. “Play like we have played. Come with the focus we had when we played Detroit.”

The Senators and Lightning last played five days ago, with the Bolts prevailing 2-0 in a game that saw Ottawa hit the ice without two-thirds of its No. 1 line – injured captain Daniel Alfredsson (hip flexor) and Dany Heatley (separated shoulder). Alfredsson has since returned for the Sens, who are hoping a run of recent success in Tampa, Fla., continues – they’ve won five of their last seven at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Lightning had lost five straight at home before edging Edmonton 4-3 on Tuesday, part of their current three-game winning streak.

“We’re in one of our low spots, so we’d like nothing better than to get it going better tonight in a rink that we’re familiar with and have played well in (recently),” said Paddock.

Martin Gerber (21-8-1) gets the start in goal tonight for Ottawa.

After the contest with the Bolts, Alfredsson, Paddock and centre Jason Spezza head off to Atlanta for all-star weekend festivities. Paddock will be the head coach for the Eastern Conference in Sunday night’s game.

“It’s a reflection of the season that the team has had to date and everybody associated with our team, and you sort of get the gravy out of it,” Paddock said of the honour. “But it’s going to be an exciting time to be around most of the stars of the game.”

The Senators return to action Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y., against the Islanders (7 p.m., Sens TV, Team 1200). Their next home game is Jan. 31 vs. the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200). About 400 tickets remain for the game.


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02