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Senators prepare for challenging week

Monday, 05.02.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators prepare for challenging week
Senators head coach Bryan Murray, left, addresses his power-play units at practice today.

by Todd Anderson

While all 28 games that remain on the schedule are important, this week offers the Senators a big challenge as they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and then play the Montreal Canadiens in a home-and-home series on Thursday at Scotiabank Place and Saturday in Montreal. With 63 points, the Senators will look to gain ground on Buffalo, who has 74 points, and Montreal, who sits at 64, in the Northeast Division standings.

Before practice today, Senators head coach Bryan Murray took a few moments to talk with his players about the importance of the week ahead.

"We have three big games and we have to get back to the work ethic that we had before the all-star break," Murray said. "It's going to be a real race down the stretch here. With 28 games to go, every game is going to be important. We've got people in our division that are really working hard to get there as well.

"Reading an article in Buffalo, they're trying to get back to their game they had going earlier on. Montreal won a big game yesterday and they're motivated to get their game back in order, as well. I don't think there will be one easy game down the stretch."

Senators centre Jason Spezza also expects a heated battle towards the playoffs.

"Every game is going to be rough because we're fighting for our lives in the division. So is everyone else."

Added Murray: "At this time of year, and in the playoffs, it's always about playing your position and working hard. Hopefully, the players who are capable of scoring, score once in a while and give you a chance to win the game."

Eaves leaves practice early
Senators forward Patrick Eaves, who is suffering with a sore ankle, left practice early today but he's expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

"He's fine. He was just a little tender," Murray said. "When I saw him kind of favouring it out there, I just kicked him off the ice."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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