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Senators' work ethic must stand strong against the Stars

Thursday, 12.15.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators\' work ethic must stand strong against the Stars
Jason Spezza stretches during the pre-game skate at the Corel Centre on Thursday morning. He will be a game-time decision for tonight's contest against the Dallas Stars. Photo: OSHC

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson knows his team better be ready to put in a convincing effort against the Dallas Stars tonight (Corel Centre, 7:30 p.m.), especially with the absence of several key personnel in the lineup.

"We've got to keep it simple. We still have to get a strong forecheck going. Everyone has to play harder. We know their power play is lethal with (Mike) Modano, (Bill) Guerin, (Sergei) Zubov and (Brian) Boucher on the point, too. They're a pretty balanced team."

Coach Bryan Murray watched the Stars -- 13-3-0 in their last 16 games -- fall to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night. He spoke about what he noticed about tonight's opponents.

"They were down and had to push and gamble. They did a good job, other than winning the game. Marty (Turco) is a top-end goalie and (Sergei) Zubov is key to their defence."

While Wade Redden (sprained knee) will not play tonight, Chris Kelly (bruised right foot) will play and there's a possibility Jason Spezza will, too. All three players took part in the pre-game skate. Spezza spoke about his chances of playing.

"We'll see at game time. I want to play, but I want to be all right when I play. If it looks like it could get worse, I won't play. It felt not bad (during the pre-game skate)."

Meanwhile Redden is hoping for a return to the lineup on Saturday.

"I'm not playing (Thursday) but it's coming. (The knee) is not the way I want it. The next two days are big. I hope I am ready Saturday."

Redden has been skating for weeks but hasn't played since injuring his knee after tangling up with Mike Fisher during a one-on-one drill at practice on Nov. 23 at the Corel Centre. Spezza missed the Dec. 12 game against the Colorado Avalanche because of a nagging hip flexor injury. Kelly suffered a bruised right foot in that game against the Avalanche and didn't skate at practice on Wednesday.

Tonight's starter in goal for the Senators is Ray Emery. He was caught a bit off guard when he was told he would play.

"I didn't expect it, when looking at the schedule. This is a good test for myself. I was really disappointed with my last game so I want to get back on track."

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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