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Volchenkov's return a big welcome

Thursday, 11.30.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
3 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
4 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
5 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
6 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
7 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
8 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 72 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 68 18 35 11 53
K. Turris 72 21 31 1 52
M. Stone 70 18 33 16 51
M. Hoffman 69 26 20 23 46
M. Zibanejad 70 19 24 5 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 66 11 15 -3 26
D. Legwand 70 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 0 1 .946 1.67
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44