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Senators go back-to-back tonight against Montreal

Thursday, 04.6.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48