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Senators look to secure home ice in Round 1

Thursday, 04.5.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators look to secure home ice in Round 1
Senators forward Patrick Eaves, above, remains a game-time decision for tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators will be playing for home-ice advantage tonight when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place. With a win, the Senators will secure fourth place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round series against the Penguins.

After this morning's skate, Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about what home-ice advantage means to him.

"I've said all along that if there's a Game 7, you would like to have it in your own building. Beyond that, I don't know that it's a big deal. I hope we play hard (tonight), I hope we play well. This is probably a set-up game for both of us."

Murray added that he wouldn't change any philosophies or try to hide any of the club's game plan from the Penguins tonight.

"There's not too many secrets in this business," Murray said. "After 82 games, you can watch the tape to see what tendencies are."

Ray Emery starts in goal tonight for the Senators and he's focused on making sure the Senators start the playoffs at Scotiabank Place.

"We want to set the tone for a series (with Pittsburgh) but, more importantly, we want to play at home. That's where our minds are at right now."

Centre Jason Spezza says the team gets pumped when it skates in front of its home crowd during the playoffs.

"(The fans) get pretty loud. The intensity, the crowd gets excited, there's a buzz around the city. It's why you play. It's what we wait for all year."

Forward Patrick Eaves, who has a groin-area injury, remains a game-time decision for the Senators. He participated in the full skate today.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson leads Ottawa with five points (1-4), against Pittsburgh this season. He'll look to add to his assist totals tonight and help linemate Dany Heatley reach 50 goals for the second consecutive season. Heatley is currently at 48.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49