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Senators owner optimistic

Friday, 10.6.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 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 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
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