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Murray expects desperate effort from Canadiens tonight

Monday, 01.29.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Murray expects desperate effort from Canadiens tonight
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov will play his 200th NHL game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

by Todd Anderson

With his team holding a one-point lead for second place in the Northeast Division over the Montreal Canadiens, Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau will have his club ready for a solid effort tonight. The Habs will also be looking back at the 8-3 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 13 as a source of motivation going into tonight's match.

"One of the notes I made to pass on to the players is certainly exactly that," Murray said after an optional skate today in Montreal. "The last game against Toronto (4-1 loss on Saturday), and the last game against us, Guy is going to be adamant about them playing hard, playing good defence and protecting the goaltender a little better. The area that's hurt them, I think, in the last couple of games that they've lost is their special teams. I'm sure that will be addressed big time by them. We know that we're in for a game against a real hungry, desperate, angry team and we have to prepare accordingly."

The Senators will ice the same lineup used to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday. Ray Emery starts in goal.

Volchenkov to play 200th game
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov will play his 200th NHL game tonight. While Volchenkov is two points shy of 50 for his career, the rugged defensive defenceman offers so much more than point production.

Volchenkov is currently first in the NHL with 165 blocked shots and 12th in hits with 130. Last season Volchenkov was sixth in the league with 189 blocked shots and 29th with 139 hits. Over four seasons in the league, he sports a plus-minus rating of +31 and has received 133 penalty minutes.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
2 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10