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Volchenkov's return a big welcome

Thursday, 30.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Volchenkov\'s return a big welcome
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov has shown no fear when stepping in front of incoming shots this season.

by Todd Anderson

Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov returns to the lineup tonight from a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the past two games. The 25-year-old, who left the ice during the first period of Ottawa's 6-4 win in Florida on Nov. 24, is ready to get back into action tonight.


"I'm playing. I feel very good," Volchenkov said after participating in an optional skate this morning at Scotiabank Place.

Volchenkov's return will no doubt be welcomed by Ottawa's starting goaltender tonight, Ray Emery. The Russian defenceman has helped ease the load for Senators goaltenders this year by blocking 77 shots in 23 games, to rank third in the NHL. On Oct. 21, during an 8-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, Volchenkov recorded a season-high nine blocked shots. He also had eight blocked shots against the Washington Capitals during a 4-3 overtime loss on Nov. 6. Volchenkov is also tied for 23rd in the league with 55 hits.

"I like scoring. I like blocking shots. I like doing everything," Volchenkov says. "Right now, I'm playing more defensively."

This season Volchenkov, the Senators' first-round pick, 21st overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, has been given a larger role by head coach Bryan Murray - primarily on the penalty-kill where he often is in the first pairing, with Chris Phillips, to be put on the ice against opponent's power plays.

"I've played here for four years and I'm comfortable," Volchenkov says of his career in the NHL, and with the Senators. "This year feels good. Every year you just play better."

Around the crease
Murray expects Emery won't be lonely in the Senators'goal tonight.

"(Florida) plays aggressively around the net," Murray said this morning. "Like lots of teams, they play the puck around and jam. They really have some shooters. I regard them as a very aggressive and offensive type of team. (Panthers forward) Gary Roberts will be in the crease all night, and they have no problems scoring goals."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02