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Lineup slowly getting back to normal

Wednesday, 04.12.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Lineup slowly getting back to normal
Goaltender Dominik Hasek stretches in goal while participating in full practice today at Scotiabank Place. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators had every player back at practice today, with the exception of rookie goaltender Ray Emery, who was given his second consecutive day off to rest a sore hip.

Defencemen Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden, who returned to game action last night during a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins, skated today. Goaltender Dominik Hasek (adductor muscle strain), defenceman Chris Phillips (knee sprain), and forwards Patrick Eaves (lower body injury) and Martin Havlat (shoulder injury) are all expected to return to action in the near future; they were also on the ice this morning.

Having virtually a full-team practice today was refreshing for coach Bryan Murray.

"It gives everyone a sense of relief to know (the injured players) are available to us. Our team will feel better about itself going forward."

Says captain Daniel Alfredsson, "It's always tough when you're without your top players. I think we played alright when they were out, but we're so much better when they are in."

Mike Fisher appreciates the opportunity to finally have a full-team practice, especially with the playoffs approaching.

"It gives you a boost. We haven't had much practice with all of us. It's important to be firing on all cylinders."

Redden, who missed seven games for personal reasons, is glad to be back among his teammates.

"It's the time of year that's great to be playing. The style and way we play is what we have to focus on."

After two days of rest, Murray says he expects Emery will be fit to start in goal tomorrow against the Florida Panthers.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44