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

Thursday, 03.8.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02