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Heatley shooting for 50 again

Wednesday, 03.7.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Heatley shooting for 50 again
Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley has scored nine goals in the last eight games. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Reaching 50 goals in each of his first two campaigns since joining the Ottawa Senators is definitely an objective for forward Dany Heatley. After becoming the first Senator in team history to pot 50 last season, Heatley has 15 games to score nine goals and reach that mark again this year.

"It's a great number to achieve," says Heatley, who has scored nine goals in the last eight games. "I'm close right now but I'm going to have to score a little bit during these last 15 games to get there. I'm trying to shoot as much as I can and hope they go in for goals."

With 41 tallies this season, Heatley is second in the NHL behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier who has 43.

Heading into a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at Scotiabank Place, Heatley is looking forward to increasing his totals against the Ontario rival. Over the last two seasons, Heatley has 13 goals and 26 points in 14 games against Toronto.

"I always enjoy playing them and being a part of the rivalry," the winger says. "It's always fun to play against Toronto and Montreal. They're big games and the fans get up for them."

Heatley, who is currently on a 12-game point-scoring streak, might have his buddy Jason Spezza back on his line tomorrow against the Leafs. Spezza missed yesterday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a sore back.

"He's been playing great," Heatley says of Spezza, his regular centre. "He's on an 11-gamer (Spezza had points in 11 straight games before the injury) right now. He's playing real well and skating real well. I hope he can come back and help us."

Spezza says he is feeling better after two days of treatment.

"It's spasms," he said this morning. "It's getting better and I'm hoping (to return) tomorrow. It's probably a game-time decision, a day-to-day thing. My back has been feeling great this season. This is totally different from (the back injury) last year."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02