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Heatley's 50-goal pursuit continues tonight

Friday, 30.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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