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Sens hope to bolt home with win

Thursday, 24.01.2008 / 2:59 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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.


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