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Monday, 30.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators forwards Chris Kelly, right, and Antoine Vermette, left, are the two players coach Bryan Murray calls upon first during short-handed situations.

by Todd Anderson

After the first 10 games of the 2006-07 season, the Ottawa Senators' penalty-killing rate ranks as one of the best in the NHL. Heading into tomorrow's game against the Montreal Canadiens, only the Minnesota Wild (92.9) have a better success rate than Ottawa's 92.3 per cent.

"I'm pretty confident going into a kill," says Senators head coach Bryan Murray. "The first thing I think is (Chris) Kelly and (Antoine) Vermette. (Getting them on the ice) is my first reaction."

Last season, Kelly and Vermette teamed up as one of the best penalty-killing tandems in the NHL. Not only was the pair successful in keeping opponents' top stars in check, the duo also provided its fair share of goals while playing short-handed. In fact, Vermette was second in the NHL with six short-handed goals and Kelly tied teammate Chris Phillips for the NHL lead with six short-handed assists. Kelly says it's all about determination.

"As a five-man unit, with your goalie, you have to go out and play hard within the system. That's how we've had success."

Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who is scheduled to start when the Senators visit the Canadiens tomorrow, says although his team hasn't scored short-handed yet this season, he expects that to change.

"Last year we were dangerous out there on the penalty kill with our speed and talent. This year is no different."

Redden and Schaefer questionable
Both defenceman Wade Redden (lower body) and winger Peter Schaefer (hip flexor) are questionable for tomorrow's game.

"It would be nice if I was able to go tomorrow but we'll wait and see," said Schaefer after skating at practice today. "I want to be 100 per cent so I feel I can contribute."

Redden didn't participate in the full practice today.

"I left (practice early) so obviously it's not feeling great," Redden said. "There's been progress and it's a day-to-day thing. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06