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Friday, 06.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators owner optimistic
Senators head coach Bryan Murray watches his team perform drills during this morning's practice.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is excited about what lies ahead for his team this season.

Melnyk says the Senators have the right mix of talent and speed, as well as grit, determination and toughness that will lead to improved play throughout the 82-game regular season. He looks at the season as a journey for the players and coaches, to prepare themselves to reach their peak when the playoffs arrive.

"This team is different," Melnyk said after watching this morning's practice. "We have grit and we have some tough guys. Sure we lost three great players, but we've added great players. You might not see us as flashy, but we're a tough team with a great attitude and great coaching. I couldn't have more confidence in them. I'm looking forward to seeing the team improve throughout the season."

After a 6-0 loss to provincial-rival Toronto Maple Leafs last night, head coach Bryan Murray pushed his players through a spirited skate today. Like Melnyk, he says he expects a better effort in the Senators' next game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday at Scotiabank Place.

"We try to win every game. It's when you don't play well that's bothersome. We have the responsibility here to play hard every night. The fortunate part of this business is that we play lots of games."

Murray and captain Daniel Alfredsson shared a few moments on the ice after practice today speaking about what areas they feel the club can improve.

"We know we were outworked," Alfredsson said of last night's effort. "That's not acceptable. We can only get better. I don't think you'll see too many games like that.

"We had a really good practice today and we're a team that has always bounced back after a poor effort. Tomorrow will be no different."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16