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Senators won't take home-ice advantage for granted

Tuesday, 05.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators won\'t take home-ice advantage for granted
With the elimination of first-place Detroit last night, Martin Havlat and the Senators hope to capitalize on their extended home-ice advantage, which will now run through to the Stanley Cup final. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

On Monday night, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Western Conference eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers. That means the Ottawa Senators, who as Eastern Conference champions during the regular season earned home-ice advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs, will also have the advantage if they reach the Stanley Cup final.

Head coach Bryan Murray says upsets prove you never know what to expect once the playoffs arrive.

"It's unbelievable how it happens. You work all year and get in a position, then in one game you lose it. Every round is challenging, but the first round is very scary."

Asked about the advantage of playing at Scotiabank Place, goaltender Ray Emery says he enjoys the support but the main priority for the players should be hard work, not entertaining fans with highlight-reel plays.

"It's great to be playing at home now more often than not, but we can't take it for granted. In the playoffs, it's less about skill and more on dedication and hard work towards the team game."

Forward Dany Heatley, who is coming off his first career playoff series, learned quickly how a solid work ethic is required every night during the playoffs.

"The first round, the second round, any round, it's going to be tough. Every game is so important. You have to adjust to what the other team is doing, and you have to focus on yourselves. You have to be prepared for anything."


 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10