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Senators visit new-look Thrashers tonight

Friday, 02.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators visit new-look Thrashers tonight
Senators head coach Bryan Murray says the Atlanta Thrashers' addition of Keith Tkachuk, above, will take some pressure off of Atlanta' other stars. Photo: BrianBabineau

by Todd Anderson

Winners of 21 of their last 28 games, the Ottawa Senators visit the Atlanta Thrashers tonight. The Thrashers will showcase forward Keith Tkachuk and defenceman Alexei Zhitnik, who were both NHL trade deadline acquisitions. Senators head coach Bryan Murray feels Atlanta made significant improvements by adding those players.

"When you do what they did, you bring an attitude to their room. Tkachuk is a real solid player, he gives them a real presence," Murray says. "He's a guy that scores lots of goals in this league. To put him in with (Ilya) Kovalchuk and kids of that nature, now the focus has to switch a little bit, which opens the door for those types of players to play a little bit better. Zhitnik on the blueline gives them mobility and a veteran presence. They're going to be a solid team going down the stretch."

Murray says he expects a different style of play from the Thrashers since they last met on Feb. 17 when Ottawa won 5-3.

"They'll probably be more physical," Murray says. "They probably won't be as open as they were. They tried to play a real skilled game for a while. With a couple of additions, I think they'll be tightening up a little. They've had a few days to prepare for this weekend now, so I expect it will be a tougher, defensive-type game."

After an outstanding performance during a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Ray Emery will be back in goal tonight against Atlanta. No lineup changes are expected at any other positions for Ottawa.

Murray hinted on Thursday morning that Martin Gerber might start in goal on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) against the Chicago Blackhawks, but he still wasn't certain at that point.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
5 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
6 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
7 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 45 14 23 7 37
E. Karlsson 48 12 23 -5 35
K. Turris 48 9 21 -8 30
M. Stone 46 12 16 10 28
M. Hoffman 45 17 9 18 26
M. Zibanejad 46 13 13 0 26
C. MacArthur 47 13 13 -9 26
D. Legwand 46 7 14 -2 21
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 44 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 7 8 2 .903 3.14