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Senators eye Hurricanes on deadline day

Tuesday, 02.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators eye Hurricanes on deadline day
Senators goaltender Martin Gerber returns to the net tonight against his former Carolina Hurricanes teammates.

by Todd Anderson

While general manager John Muckler remained busy on the phone today leading up to the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, coach Bryan Murray and the Senators players held an optional skate in Carolina in preparation of the first game of a home-and-home series against the Hurricanes tonight.

Facing the Canes for the first time since Nov. 28, Murray says he wants to see a better effort defensively than he saw on Saturday during a 6-5 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

"We have to play a lot better defensively. If not, it doesn't matter who we play. We gave Buffalo so much space. We didn't look at our man, we looked at the puck. Carolina has an aggressive forecheck and they're very strong around the net."

Senators goaltender Martin Gerber will be in net for the third straight game against his former club this season. Gerber has won his last six starts.

"He's played well there, certainly well enough to get a game," Murray said of Gerber. "You try to reward a guy for his hard work, especially against his former team."

Forward Brian McGrattan, who sustained a charley horse injury on Saturday, won't suit up tonight. Forward Mike Comrie missed practice on Monday with the flu but is expected to play against Carolina and defenceman Joe Corvo returns after missing Saturday's game, also with the flu.

The return match of the home-and-home series against Carolina is tomorrow at Scotiabank Place during Hockey Night Barbados. Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain available.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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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