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Kaigorodov makes NHL debut

Friday, 10.13.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Kaigorodov makes NHL debut
Senators rookie Alexei Kaigorodov will play on a line with Chris Kelly and Patrick Eaves during his NHL debut Saturday in Montreal.

by Todd Anderson

Senators rookie forward Alexei Kaigorodov will make his NHL regular-season debut tomorrow night when Ottawa visits the Montreal Canadiens for their home-opener.

Senators head coach Bryan Murray didn't confirm whom Kaigorodov will replace in the lineup this morning after the Senators practised at Scotiabank Place, but he did say the Russian centre will play on a line with Chris Kelly and Patrick Eaves. Murray says it's a good time to get a look at the 23-year-old in regular-season competition.

"I planned for it this way a little while back," Murray said of his decision to insert Kaigorodov into the lineup on the road after a three-game home stand. "I talked to management about it. We want to put him in to see what he can do. For it to be on the road, that's a good place to start. (Kaigorodov) seems to be a little more open and I watch who he talks to. He seems to have a relationship with (Kelly and Eaves)."

Murray has also made the decision to give goaltender Ray Emery a second-straight start tomorrow. Emery was named the game's second star in a 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames last night at Scotiabank Place. He was outstanding in making 27 saves.

"He played real well," Murray said. "He gave us a chance last night, we have to go back with him."

Despite having the Senators' record drop to 1-3-0 this season, Murray took some positives out of last night's game.

"I didn't hit the panic button. We played harder and with good character. During a big part of the first and third periods we were good at getting the puck in (the offensive zone)."

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44