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Murray expects to face fast Atlanta squad

Wednesday, 11.8.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
2 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
3 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
4 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10