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Senators look to spoil Nashville's success at home

Thursday, 12.14.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators look to spoil Nashville\'s success at home
Ottawa Senators defenceman Andrej Meszaros takes a rest during practice on Wednesday at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

With the Nashville Predators losing just one regulation game at home so far this season, Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray knows it will take another great effort from his club to win a second consecutive road game tonight.

"I know that Nashville is a quick and very good team, and they're extremely good at home," Murray said on Wednesday after the Senators practised at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. "We will have a real test. Are we able to match it? Are we able to come back after that win (3-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday) with the confidence and ability to match that play and get the goaltending we got from Ray (Emery)?"

Murray says the answers to those questions depend on if his club can begin to play with some consistency.

"I think every team in the league wants that," Murray says. "I think you're seeing throughout the league right now some pretty balanced hockey clubs. To get roles going, it seems to be difficult right now, in particular when you lose a couple of good hockey players off your lineup."

While alternate captain Wade Redden (chest) remains out of the lineup for an undetermined period, captain Daniel Alfredsson (hip) is doubtful for tonight and Peter Schaefer (eye) will be a game-time decision. Brian McGrattan (hand) is expected to be back in the lineup.

Senators centre Jason Spezza enters the game on a 10-game points streak. Murray says the biggest reason for Spezza's recent success is his skating.

"He's skating better, he's moving his feet, he's driving the net," Murray says. "As a result, I think he's getting rewarded."

After setting a team record for saves in a victory with 43 against Detroit on Tuesday, Emery feels he's getting better with every game he plays. He'll start tonight.

"Any time you get experience, get a chance to play a bit more, and mature, you gradually get better," Emery said after yesterday's practice. "I definitely feel a change in my game this year. I changed my game and simplified things a bit. I just want to play the best when I get in there and continue to get better."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
2 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
3 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
4 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10