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Every game is important from now on

Tuesday, 14.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Every game is important from now on
Patrick Eaves was among the 14 Ottawa Senators players participating in the pre-game skate this morning at Bell Sensplex. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

With the defending Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning in town tonight, Senators head coach Bryan Murray says he doesn't expect to have any "easy" games for the rest of the season.

"They're all going to be desperate games," Murray says. "Everything is tight going into the playoffs."

Mike Fisher agrees.

"It's never too early to treat every game like the playoffs," he said after participating in an optional pre-game skate this morning. "Our goal is to finish first and come playoffs, be in top form."

Wade Redden knows it is important to gain the best possible seeding.

"We want to catch Carolina (who leads the Eastern Conference standings) but we want to make sure we win our division too."

While he admits to keeping an eye on teams like the Buffalo Sabres, who are currently two points behind first-place Ottawa in the Northeast division with 89 points, and the Carolina Hurricanes, who lead the Eastern Conference with 92 points, Bryan Smolinski said he and his teammates control their own destiny.

"We just have to worry about ourselves."

Meanwhile, Murray continues to tinker with his line combinations to find the right mix. One line that worked well against the Washington Capitals on Sunday was the Jason Spezza-Dany Heatley-Patrick Eaves combination. Spezza spoke about Eaves' impressive debut with the line.

"He kept getting abused, and he kept getting up. He wants to get under (the opponent's) skin. That's great. It creates more room for us."

Eaves isn't the only player to have picked up his play.

"Depth scoring is key for a hockey club," Spezza said. "It's good that different guys are scoring at different times for us."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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