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Senators look to end slide against Boston

Tuesday, 09.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators look to end slide against Boston
Senators forward Denis Hamel, left, crashes the net of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas while Wayne Primeau tries to slow him down in action earlier this season.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are playing for their first victory of the season against Northeast Division-rival Boston Bruins tonight. The Bruins have won the first three of eight meetings against the Senators this season.

"They've had their way with us," admits Senators forward Dany Heatley. "We haven't played very well against them, we haven't shown up the three times we've played them. That has to change."

The Senators will get a boost tonight as Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did not not make the trip to Ottawa because of a middle-body injury. Senators head coach Bryan Murray knows the Bruins will miss Chara, who served as the Senators' alternate captain last season and skated with the club from 2001 to 2006, but it won't change the Senators' game plan going into the match.

"We're not going to approach it any differently. I think their whole core has done a good job," Murray says. "Certainly, he's a good player, and we have great respect for Z. It's a hole for them, there's no question about that, but like every team you have to figure out how to play without your best players at some point during the year. We've tried to figure that out with our group, and I'm sure they'll be in their room this morning talking about the same thing."

Murray says it's important to get more traffic in front of the net tonight. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has played well in winning all three games against Ottawa this season.

"Their defence dominated our ability to get to the net and do things," Murray said after this morning's skate. "As a result Tim Thomas has looked very good against us because we did an awful lot of perimeter shooting.

"He's a real good angle goaltender. We've got to get to the net, get the puck deep and try to make the guy make difficult saves. He's five feet out of the net on angles all the time and does a good job as a result."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06