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Senators owner optimistic

Friday, 06.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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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."

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
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