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Senators look to close ground on Sabres

Thursday, 22.02.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators look to close ground on Sabres
Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery returns from his three-game suspension to start in goal tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The surging Ottawa Senators kick off a home-and-home series with the Buffalo Sabres tonight at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. Trailing the Northeast Division-leading Sabres by 12 points, the pair of games will go a long way in determining if Ottawa can catch Buffalo for the division lead.

"There's no beating around the bush. You have to win both games against them," Senators head coach Bryan Murray told the Team 1200's Gord Wilson after an optional skate this morning. "You can't get ahead of yourself, but we certainly have to win tonight and then, hopefully, win the next game (Saturday at Scotiabank Place). Then you have a chance to make a little dent in the lead. If we get it down to eight points, then, obviously, you need help from other teams and you have to play awfully well yourself."

With his three-game suspension behind him, Ray Emery starts in goal for the Senators tonight.

"I feel alright, I've had lots of rest," Emery said. "I'm glad (the suspension) is over and I'm excited to get back in there."

Murray says Emery's time away from game action was the primary reason why he chose to start him tonight over Martin Gerber, who went 3-0 during Emery's suspension.

"Martin winning three in a row in a short period of time deserved another chance here, and we appreciate that, but Ray's been out for a number of days now and he definitely needs to get back in and make sure he's ready to play as we go forward."

While the Sabres enter the game without the services of a handful of players due to injuries, the Senators aren't about to take them lightly. Just a short time ago it was the Senators who were suffering with several injuries, and that was when they started to play at the level that has led to 18 wins in their last 24 games.

"We found out that we played better, and harder, when we were short-handed, and Buffalo appears to be doing the same thing," Murray said. "We know (Chris) Drury is going to be there, (Daniel) Brière is going to be there and (Thomas) Vanek is going to be there. They score goals and their back end is pretty good at moving the puck, and they still have their goaltender. They're still going to be competitive and we have to be ready for that." 

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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