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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 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