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Senators not taking Flyers lightly

Wednesday, 11.22.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48