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Senators visit sharp-shooting Kozlov and Islanders tonight

Tuesday, 12.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators visit sharp-shooting Kozlov and Islanders tonight
Senators head coach Bryan Murray celebrates his 64th birthday today.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects a gritty effort from what he calls a veteran New York Islanders team tonight. He's also aware of the hot streak that Viktor Kozlov is on since taking over the centre position on the Islanders' top line from injured captain Alexei Yashin.

"I watched the game against the Rangers (on Sunday)," Murray said. "Viktor Kozlov (who scored four goals in the 7-4 win) is dynamite. I had Viktor in Florida (when Murray was head coach and GM there). He's a good guy and a good player, and he shoots the puck a ton.

"(The Islanders) are a hard-working group. They've got some good experience. They seem to play pretty well together. I think it's a good veteran hockey team that is finding a way to play awfully well right now."

Murray hopes to celebrate his 64th birthday today with the 580th win of his career - the most among all active coaches in the NHL. It would also be Ottawa's fourth win in a row, tying the longest winning streak for the club this season. Murray was asked what has been the biggest reason for Ottawa's improved play after a slow start this season.

"I think just getting to know each other, getting to know their roles better, obviously getting some good goaltending from Ray Emery," answered Murray. "I think all that combined has given (the players) a little bit of confidence, and certainly a much better effort."

Milestones
Senators forward Dany Heatley will play his 300th NHL game tonight, which includes 110 with Ottawa. Heatley's centre, Jason Spezza, is just two points shy of 200 for his career.

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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 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
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 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49