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Senators not taking Flyers lightly

Wednesday, 22.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators not taking Flyers lightly
Senators goaltender Ray Emery makes his fifth consecutive start tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have a chance to stretch their winning streak to three games when they visit the Eastern Conference's last-place team tonight, but they're not about to take the Philadelphia Flyers lightly.

"I don't think - and I hope this is a lesson learned - that we will take anybody lightly again," Senators head coach Bryan Murray said after practice on Tuesday before the team left for Philadelphia. "I think the lesson we learned from the first 20 games is that any night, anybody can beat you."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expecting a desperate effort from the Flyers tonight.

"We know Philly is going to be a tough test. They're a dangerous team I think. We have to take things a game at a time and we don't want to look too far ahead."

After this morning's skate, Murray said it's important for the team to get off to a better start tonight in Philadelphia then they did last year.

"Last year, in both games here, we got behind by a margin early. We didn't play very assertive. They jumped on it and got a lead. In the second and third (periods) we played very well and tried to come from behind like Minny (Minnesota Wild) tried to do the other night against us. It's difficult to do. We have to play better early off in the game. If we don't, you're fighting an uphill battle."

The Senators are 7-2-1 this season when scoring first.

Senators goaltender Ray Emery will make his fifth consecutive start tonight after returning from a left-forearm injury.

"I was a bit rusty when I came back but I'm feeling more comfortable and confident," Emery said. "I want to play as much as I can and help this team. If you do positive things for your team, it rubs off."

While the Senators, who earned 113 points last season, have rebounded from a slow start this year by winning the last three of four games, the Flyers, who recorded 101 points in 2005-06, continue to sit last in the conference after dropping eight of their last 10 games. The Flyers have won two of their last four games, however.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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