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Murray expects to face fast Atlanta squad

Wednesday, 08.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Ottawa Senators

As Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray looks at tonight's opponents, he sees an Atlanta Thrashers squad sitting in first place in the Southeast Division with 25 points (11-3-3). He also sees a lineup that boasts the league's top two scorers: Marian Hossa (13-11-24) and Ilya Kovalchuk (12-11-23).

Murray recognizes the offensive punch that this team packs.

"We know their power play first of all is terrific (ranked sixth overall)," said Murray after this morning's pre-game skate. "They shoot the puck a ton. They move the puck and play a fast game. They draw penalties because of their speed and take advantage of teams in that area."

Murray also sees a team whose success has buoyed its performance. "They're having fun. I watched their skate (this morning) and their last few games," he says. "They're playing with real confidence and that's what you do when you win."

With defenceman Wade Redden back in the lineup tonight after missing the last four games with a lower-body injury, blueliner Christoph Schubert stays in as a safety net but will most likely see duty on the left wing. A decision will be made at game-time for the healthy scratch.

Goaltender Ray Emery, who suffered a left forearm injury at Tuesday's practice, will not dress tonight. He is listed as day-to-day.

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
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