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Redden returns to face Wild tonight

Monday, 11.20.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden stretches during the morning skate today. Redden returns from a groin injury tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators will receive a boost on the blueline tonight when defenceman and alternate captain Wade Redden returns to action against the Minnesota Wild. Redden has missed the last four games with a groin injury but is ready to return.

"I've skated hard and (the groin) has reacted well," Redden said after this morning's skate. "I feel good about it. It's been a little while now and I'm looking forward to get playing again."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray says the return of Redden will make things easier on everyone.

"He's an impact player with this club. He and Mes (Andrej Meszaros) will probably be back together like last year. (The addition of Redden) relieves the pressure off other guys who may play against players of another calibre now. He's also one of the best breakout passers in the NHL. Problems in our own end could be resolved with one player coming back."

Leading the NHL with a 1.91 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, goaltender Ray Emery makes his fourth consecutive start in goal for Ottawa tonight.

"He's giving confidence to the players," Murray said of Emery's play this season. "Goaltending is everything. We got outshot against Buffalo 6-1 to start last game and Ray made some stops for us. He stopped (Sabre Chris) Drury on a breakaway, that's the game. A goaltender has to be the dominant player in the game. Ray is very definitely at that level right now."

White returns to Scotiabank Place
Tonight marks the first game back in Ottawa for former Senator Todd White. Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson spoke about meeting up with his former linemate.

"He was a good lineman and friend," Alfredsson said. "He's done well in Minnesota and that's good to see. It appears he has a bigger role with the team this year, but, hopefully, he has a tough night tonight."

Second-year Wild defenceman Kurtis Foster, who hails from nearby Carp, Ont., will be playing his first NHL game in Ottawa tonight.

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  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