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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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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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02