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Murray expects to face fast Atlanta squad

Wednesday, 08.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Murray expects to face fast Atlanta squad

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.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 55 15 30 8 45
E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02