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Senators host Stanley Cup champions tonight

Saturday, 11.4.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators host Stanley Cup champions tonight
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson expects to see improvement from his team as the schedule begins to intensify next week.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators host the reigning Stanley Cup champions tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Scotiabank Place. After edging the Canes by one point, with 113, to finish first in last year's Eastern Conference standings, the Senators are expecting a tough battle tonight against Carolina.

"We expect the same fast-skating team," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said after Friday's practice. "We had some good games against them last year. It should be a good game (tonight)."

Added Senators head coach Bryan Murray, "I watched them play (their last two games) and they're working really hard. (Goaltender Cam) Ward has been very good. They're a team that finds a way to get scoring chances. They're an attacking team. They'll be a good hockey club."

Murray says he's looking forward to getting back into game situations after four days of practice.

"(Friday) was one of those practices where you can see the guys are ready to play. We have a chance now with five games in (eight) nights."

The Senators will play four games on the road next week when they visit the Washington Capitals on Monday, Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and Boston Bruins on Saturday. Alfredsson was asked if the road trip might help bond his struggling team.

"If you asked for my choice, I would prefer playing at home," Alfredsson said. "But when you're on the road, sometimes that helps team bonding. I think with playing more games, you get some momentum. We just have to get our power play going to win us some games."

Senators goaltender Martin Gerber will start in goal tonight against his former team.

Fewer than 150 pairs of tickets remain for Saturday's game against Carolina. To purchase tickets, click here. To purchase other single-game tickets, click here. For more information on season tickets, click here.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10