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Senators lines change for Thrashers game

Tuesday, 11.7.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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."

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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

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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