Redden reaches milestone as Senators host Avalanche tonight
|A 19-year-old Wade Redden signs autographs during his rookie season in 1996-97. Ten years later, the defenceman plays his 700th game for Ottawa tonight.|
by Todd Anderson
Senators defenceman Wade Redden will play in his 700th career NHL game tonight as the Colorado Avalanche visit Scotiabank Place. The Senators alternate captain hopes his team can mark the occasion with its first home victory of the season.
"We've had a rough start (0-3 record at Scotiabank Place), we're usually good at home," Redden said after the pre-game skate this morning. "You've got to win your home games. We have to turn it around tonight."
Redden will be joined by Joe Corvo on the blueline tonight as part of the Senators' first power-play unit. Corvo is making his regular-season debut with the Senators after missing the first five games with a fractured right foot suffered in the pre-season. Redden is looking forward to seeing what the newcomer can do.
"He's definitely going to help. He handles the puck well, and he shoots the puck well," Redden says. "To be successful, you have to score on the power play. We've got to start baring down and get a little more hungry."
On playing his 700th NHL game tonight, Redden says such milestones make a player look back over his career.
"I knew (the milestone) was coming soon, but I forgot it was tonight. Sometimes it seems like this has gone by real quick, other times it seems like it has been longer. That's a lot of games. I hope I'm around for 700 more. You never know."
Crowding the crease
Senators head coach Bryan Murray says he expects an abundance of traffic in front of both goaltenders tonight.
"Colorado plays hard around the net and they put lots of pucks on the goaltender. They work real hard and they go to the net aggressively. Our whole idea is to get the puck in (the offensive zone) and put pressure on the goaltender and their D. (On the power play) I hope we shoot the puck a lot more and get to the net. We're going to try to put people to the net more."