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Senators expect better effort from Toronto

Thursday, 26.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators expect better effort from Toronto
"It's going to be a good game that's exciting for fans," predicts Brian McGrattan about tonight's game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators expect to treat their fans to an exciting game tonight, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the return match of a home-and-home series that started with a 6-2 victory at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

"(Toronto) is a pretty good hockey team now, and we have to bring our best tonight to beat them," said Senators centre Jason Spezza after this morning's pre-game skate. "Hopefully, this game will get us over .500 (the Senators are 4-4-0 this season) and we don't go below .500 for the rest of the season."

Forward Mike Fisher said he expects a better effort from Toronto tonight, compared to Tuesday's game.

"We know they'll be a better hockey team. We expect a tighter game tonight. They're going to play hard, and we have to match their intensity."

"It's going to be a good game that's exciting for fans," predicted Brian McGrattan.

Spezza says the Senators have become confident with their play over the past couple of games and he notices a different attitude from himself and his teammates after a slow start to the season.

"We're definitely going in the right direction and we want to keep this going. There's definitely a different atmosphere in (the dressing room). We're playing smarter and we're starting to get used to each other a bit more."

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Schaefer skates
Senators forward Peter Schaefer, who will miss a third-straight game tonight with a hip flexor injury, skated on his own prior to the pre-game skate this morning. Senators head coach Bryan Murray says there has been no decision on a return date for Schaefer.

"He may take the trip to Boston (Ottawa plays the Bruins this Saturday), but there has been no time frame (for his return)."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
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4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
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C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16