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Monday, 10.30.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02