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Senators lines change for Thrashers game

Tuesday, 07.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators lines change for Thrashers game
Daniel Alfredsson will be reunited with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley when the Senators face the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow.

by Todd Anderson

Captain Daniel Alfredsson will be back on a line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley when the Ottawa Senators visit the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow. The lineup change was just one of several implemented by Senators head coach Bryan Murray at today's practice in Atlanta.

Other line combinations included Peter Schaefer with Mike Fisher and Chris Neil; Antoine Vermette with Chris Kelly and Patrick Eaves; and Denis Hamel with Dean McAmmond and Brian McGrattan.

Murray hopes the combinations, which are similar to the regular lines used during the club's record-setting season last year, will lead to a more consistent effort from the club.

"One thing that is very obvious is we're not getting much balance in our scoring," Murray said after today's practice. "I thought (Alfredsson) played a real smart, hard-working game last night. I'm going to put him back there (with Spezza and Heatley) and take a chance that they can compete against the best defence and checking lines on other teams."

Murray is hoping for success from other familiar combinations as well.

"Kelly and Vermette together seem to give a little bit of a punch for me at times," Murray said. "By putting Patrick (Eaves) there, I hope that gives us another line that will work real hard and play well together. The other part that comes into it is we have to get Peter (Schaefer) going here. Last year with Fish (Fisher) that seemed to happen. We're kind of going to a throwback (lineup). When you're having a tough time, you do that."

Despite the current slump, Alfredsson maintains it's important to not lose focus.

"I think it's very important when you come to the rink that you work hard in practice" Alfredsson said. We know the situation we're in and we all know the urgency here. Hopefully, we can get out of this quick."

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