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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."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21