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Senators and Leafs renew rivalry tonight in pre-season matchup

Wednesday, 09.20.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators and Leafs renew rivalry tonight in pre-season matchup
Martin Gerber makes his pre-season home debut at Scotiabank Place tonight. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

After opening the pre-season with a 5-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in Halifax, N.S., the Ottawa Senators make their pre-season home debut tonight against provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tonight's Senators lineup features players who have been skating with Group 2 at this year's training camp, except for defenceman Charlie Cook, who isn't scheduled to play, and Michal Barinka, who worked the blueline with Group 1 last night in Halifax.

The game marks the first outing - except for last Sunday's red and white intra-squad match - for fans to see, among others, goaltender Martin Gerber, 2002 second-round draft pick Alexei Kaigorodov and defenceman Tom Preissing in action at Scotiabank Place this season.

Senators head coach Bryan Murray was impressed with the effort from Group 1 last night in Pittsburgh and he expects a similar display tonight at home from Group 2.

"You look at the game last night and a couple of guys stepped up. I think the same thing will happen tonight. Players worked hard and paid the price. Group 1 won last night so now there's a lot of pressure on Group 2 to do the same thing."

As Gerber's former general manager with the Anaheim Ducks, Murray spoke about what Gerber's teammates and fans can expect from him.

"Definitely there'll be more pressure on him than there was in Anaheim or Carolina (Hurricanes). He's a real poised guy. I know he'll be a real solid (goaltender) for us. He's a good guy who is respected tremendously because of his effort."

Tonight's game also features the debut of a new defensive pairing comprising sophomore Andrej Meszaros and nine-year veteran Chris Phillips. Murray feels the players will benefit each other's game.

"Andrej is coming into his second year and will only get better. His energy level is going to help Chris. Chris, with his experience and poise, is going to help Andrej. Chris is a real stable guy."

Last season the Senators recorded a successful regular-season series against the Leafs, winning 7-1-0.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02