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Senators go back-to-back tonight against Montreal

Thursday, 06.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators go back-to-back tonight against Montreal
Playing in his eighth NHL game tonight, defenceman Filip Novak is one of the players expected to receive an increase in ice time as the Senators play the second of back-to-back games. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The short-manned Ottawa Senators will return to action tonight when Northeast Division-rival Montreal Canadiens visit Scotiabank Place at 7:30 p.m. Tonight's game will start less than 24 hours after the Senators fell 5-4 in overtime to the Sabres in Buffalo yesterday.

Coming off a night that saw him lead all skaters in minutes played with 37:47, rookie defenceman Andrej Meszaros was asked if he expects to be tired tonight.

"We only had five D, so we had to play a lot," he said. "We still have to work hard tonight, and stay focused. Right now I feel pretty good."

In talking about Meszaros, coach Bryan Murray can't remember using any of his players over his career that much in a game.

"I had Rod Languay (with the Washington Capitals) but I don't think he ever played 37 or 38 minutes. We were at the level where we had to do that. We over-worked the guys. Tonight we will have to use (Filip) Novak and guys like that more."

Jason Spezza was asked to look back at the last meeting between the Sens and Habs, a 3-0 win for Ottawa when they limited Montreal to a 12-shot performance.

"We played great that night. We expect a good one again tonight. They're playing great hockey right now. It's going to take a full team effort, and we'll probably need some run support."

As the Canadiens currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference, and Ottawa is first, there's a chance this could be a playoff preview as well.

"You never know who you're going to play," Spezza said. "We just want to play well in general going into the playoffs. We have high expectations of ourselves."

Added Ray Emery, tonight's starter in goal for Ottawa, "We watch (the standings) a bit, but we don't talk about it in meetings. We're just trying to get some more points here."

Note: Jason Spezza's power-play goal during Ottawa's 6-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday has now been credited to Bryan Smolinski.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93