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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.

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44