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.