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Battle of Ontario resumes tonight on Sens Pay-Per-View

Thursday, 08.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Battle of Ontario resumes tonight on Sens Pay-Per-View
Jason Spezza shoots the puck during the pre-game skate this morning at Scotiabank Place. Spezza returns to the Senators lineup tonight after missing last game with a sore back.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators fans are able to enjoy the first game of a home-and-home series with rival Toronto Maple Leafs tonight with the second instalment of Sens Pay-Per-View this season.

The broadcast will be commercial-free and will include a variety of features and interviews, as well as host Patricia Boal, play-by-play commentator Dean Brown, and hockey analysts Gord Wilson and former Senator Grant Ledyard. Fans can catch the action at participating partners throughout Hockey Country or order the broadcast and watch from home.

Click here for more information on tonight's Sens Pay-Per-View broadcast.

Spezza returns to lineup
After missing Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a sore back, Senators centre Jason Spezza will return to the lineup tonight.

"It felt pretty good," Spezza said of his back after this morning's pre-game skate. "It's still a bit tight, but (with some treatment today) it's going to loosen up."

Spezza, a Toronto native, is excited to be able to play against the Maple Leafs.

"It's a big game because they're fighting for the playoffs and we've lost a couple of games in a row. It's always special (to play Toronto) for me because I grew up a Leafs fan and now I'm playing against them. Any time you play back-to-back games against a team, especially this team at this time of year, it's big."

Senators forward Oleg Saprykin, a former Calgary Flame, will play his first game in the Battle of Ontario. He likened the rivalry to the one between Calgary and the Edmonton Oilers.

"I think it's something like Calgary-Edmonton. We'll see how this goes, it's different teams. I think it's good though. The guys get up for games like this."

Ray Emery will start in goal tonight. He spoke about the excitement of facing Toronto.

"There's always a mixed crowd out there. It's a loud building and it's a game that's easy to get up for. We've just got to come out and play good from the start."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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