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Heatley's 50-goal pursuit continues tonight

Friday, 03.30.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Heatley\'s 50-goal pursuit continues tonight
Senators forward Dany Heatley will continue his pursuit of 50 goals and 100 points tonight in his 191st consecutive NHL game.

by Todd Anderson

Despite missing the last two days of practice with a sore ankle, Senators forward Dany Heatley will play in his 191st consecutive NHL game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. He enters the match with 46 goals and 97 points.

In front of a packed media conference room this morning, Senators head coach Bryan Murray announced he would have his leading scorer in the lineup tonight against the Canadiens, who are battling with several teams for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"He said he felt good. We won't treat him any differently," Murray said of Heatley after today's morning skate. "If he's ready to play and it's not aggravating him in any way, we'll definitely play him regularly."

Heatley says the soreness in his ankle lessened over the last two days.

"It felt good yesterday and it feels better today. (The ankle) is taped up and it's really improved a lot."

Like Murray, Heatley doesn't expect his role to change tonight.

"If I'm going to play, I'm going to play the way I always do. (Montreal) is going to be a hungry team, and the crowd is going to be in it. Any time you can go out there and play, it's fun."

Heatley's centre, Jason Spezza, is glad his regular left-winger will be on the ice tonight. He's looking forward to seeing what they can do against a desperate Montreal team that is 7-3-0 in its last 10 games.

"I had a feeling Heater was going to play," Spezza says. "We have to get on (Montreal) early and stay on them. This will be a good test for us with the playoffs approaching."

While Montreal is fighting to make the playoffs, the Senators look to secure home ice in the first round. The Senators are currently tied with New Jersey with 98 points, but the Devils hold the edge for fourth place because they lead the season series 1-2-0.

Click here for the NHL's tie-breaking procedure.

Senators forward Patrick Eaves is doubtful tonight with soreness in his groin area.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
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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