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Battle of Ontario resumes tonight

Tuesday, 10.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Battle of Ontario resumes tonight
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and his team will look for success with the man advantage tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs renew their rivalry tonight as they kick off their second home-and-home series of the season. The clubs began the 2006-07 NHL campaign on Oct. 4 and 5; Ottawa won the first game 4-1 and Toronto rebounded 6-0 a day later. Tonight the two teams meet at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the return match on Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke after today's pre-game skate about what style of play he expects tonight.

"I think it will be a good game. Toronto is certainly playing an attacking style and scoring, and we have to score to match that. I'm hoping it's a good up-and-down game, and we get some scoring."

Murray says Toronto became more competitive during the off-season with additions to its roster.

"Anytime you add (Mike) Peca, (Pavel) Kubina and a goaltender (Andrew Raycroft), you're going to be better. When you get new people, you send the message to your organization that we're not happy and we want to be better."

The Senators enter tonight's game riding a high after an 8-1 victory on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils to win their first home game of the season. Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond each scored twice in the game that featured a total of 13 Senators receiving at least one point.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson said after today's pre-game skate that he's hoping the team can get its power play going tonight.

"It's been a big concern for us. It's something we want to get on the right foot right away. It's been a major part of why we haven't been able to win the one-goal games. If we can get that going, it will take pressure off our five-on-five game for sure."

Martin Gerber will start in goal for Ottawa tonight.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44