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Murray expects to have a full bench against the Rangers

Tuesday, 07.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Murray expects to have a full bench against the Rangers
While Kevin Weekes started in goal for New York in the first meeting, expect rookie Henrik Lundqvist (pictured), who relieved Weekes in the first match, to start tomorrow evening at Madison Square Garden.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects to have most of his troops available when his team meets the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers Wednesday night.

Mike Fisher (flu) didn't play in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, and Chris Kelly (jaw) left the game early after a heavy collision with Brooks Orpik. Both were at practice Tuesday and are expected to be ready for tomorrow's game.

Meanwhile, Brian McGrattan was also out on the ice Tuesday morning but left practice early because light was aggravating his severely swollen right eye. Murray gave Wade Redden the morning off, but said the defenceman will be in the lineup tomorrow.

The Senators will be looking to win their second game of the season against the Rangers tomorrow night after beating them 6-2 at Scotiabank Place on Boxing Day. A closer score is expected.

"We're going to see a very good hockey club in their building," Murray said. "The way they're playing, it should be a good game. They play really sound positionally and with lots of structure. On their power play, (Jaromir) Jagr has to touch the puck. It's good when you're best player controls the play."

While Kevin Weekes started in goal for New York in the first meeting, expect rookie Henrik Lundqvist, who relieved Weekes in the first match, to start tomorrow evening at Madison Square Garden.

"I think at the Olympics we'll see this kid from Sweden is the real thing," Murray said.

Lundqvist's compatriot, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, is already impressed.

"He's a good goalie, no question. It's been a bit of a surprise how consistent he is."

Dominik Hasek is scheduled to start in goal for Ottawa.

Murray wants top line to put more pucks on net

Murray said his top unit of Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley could learn from the recent play of the third and fourth lines.

"Why is the fourth line successful? They just work hard. They skate, they put pucks on net. The top line is not doing that. Teams are playing (the Spezza line) a bit differently now. If they don't put the puck on net and look for rebounds and battle, goals are going to be hard to come by."

New member of the Martins family

Binghamton Senators callup Steve Martins left the NHL club, where he was an emergency fill-in for Mike Fisher (flu), late last night to be with his wife, Jen, and their new daughter, who was born at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in Chicago. It was quite the night for the 33-year-old who also picked up his 46th NHL point earlier in the evening during the win over Pittsburgh. Martins assisted on Christoph Schubert's first-period goal.

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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