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Tough road ahead for Senators

Friday, 08.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Tough road ahead for Senators
Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects tough matchups in the Senators' upcoming games.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects some challenging matchups in the near future.

"This is a real tough stretch for us," Murray said after practice today. "A club like the Rangers is coming in (to play the Senators at Scotiabank Place tomorrow) and then we're on the road against four good clubs.

"I include Columbus (Blue Jackets) as a good team because I've watched them recently and they're playing very disciplined. They have a new coach (Ken Hitchcock) there and they're working hard. After that we have Detroit (Red Wings), Nashville (Predators) and Buffalo (Sabres). They're all top-end teams in this league."

The Senators could be without two of their leaders during the series of games as captain Daniel Alfredsson is day-to-day with a hip injury and Wade Redden is out indefinitely with a chest injury.

"Those are two big guys for us," says Chris Phillips, who will wear the captain's C in Alfredsson's absence. "You hate to see them out of the lineup for games but the positives that come out of it are that other guys are put into other situations and given more opportunity."

Ray Emery will start in goal for the Senators tomorrow against the Rangers.

Spezza and Heatley rewarded for effort
Senators linemates Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley are tied for sixth in NHL scoring with 36 points. Murray says the pair has been rewarded for their work ethic in practice with a surge in points.

"They're working real hard at their game. We all know they're good players, and it was just a matter of time before they got going."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
2 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 32 7 16 -12 23
K. Turris 32 7 16 -7 23
B. Ryan 29 7 14 5 21
M. Zibanejad 30 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 31 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 29 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 30 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 29 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 32 6 7 -4 13
M. Michalek 28 3 6 -6 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 4 2 .913 2.84