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Senators and Leafs renew rivalry tonight in pre-season matchup

Wednesday, 20.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06