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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 62 15 34 1 49
B. Ryan 58 17 31 9 48
K. Turris 62 16 29 -3 45
M. Hoffman 59 23 17 24 40
M. Stone 60 15 25 12 40
M. Zibanejad 60 16 19 3 35
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 57 11 15 -1 26
D. Legwand 60 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 56 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